S.B. 304

A few quick notes: there are some out there who legitimately want to help these children who have been forced/coerced into the sex industry in my city, and have questions about whether this bill is the best way to do it. If that’s you, I’d love to see you in the comments. I have looked at this bill, met with the Senator who wrote it, discussed many of the objections to it, and I am still for it.

If you dislike the bill simply because it isn’t punitive enough, then go away until you’re not an asshole anymore. But if you care, and have reservations, then let’s discuss.

    • ed
    • February 3rd, 2010

    Doug, just found your blog. first of all – the layout of your blog is so slick man… i want it… i barely have a blog but being here makes me want one more…


    i’m really curious about your conversation with the senator and if she had any personal motivations behind writing this bill. And is she active in this area in Atlanta?

    I feel very saddened by the criticism to this bill. However, i don’t see the source of it as hatred or ill-will, it really seems to stem from fear. And fear can drive people to find the most drastic of measures to prevent something that they very well should be against.

    peace out doug.


    • Doug
    • February 3rd, 2010

    Ed-thanks for joining in, and for the kind comments. Ms. Unterman is actually a Senator from Gwinnett, which itself has a sizable underage prostitution problem. The long story made short:

    She got involved when the pastor of a Presbyterian church downtown came to her regarding this problem. He himself became aware of the problem when the Mayor’s Commission a few years back found that the corner his church sits on was amongst the worst for child prostitution in Atlanta. He realized he needed to do something about it, hence his partnership with the Senator and his other efforts, such as the founding of Street Grace, a partnership of organizations seeking to address the issue.

    As far as the opposition, your points on fear are well made. Having said that, some of the rhetoric coming at these children is so vicious, I have a hard time attributing it merely to fear. For instance, one lady on lobby day actually used the term “these whores” when referring to children forced into prostitution.

    So sure, there’s garden-variety fear happening here, but when that’s the attitude of someone claiming to follow Christ, I can’t help but think there’s something deeper and more vengeful going on. I’d love to be wrong, but I just don’t think I am.

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