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Georgia attorney general appointed to committee to fight sex trafficking
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Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

The following state attorneys general will serve alongside Carr on this committee:

• Bob Ferguson (WA), co-chair
• Sean Reyes, (UT), co-chair
• Andy Beshear (KY)
• Cynthia H. Coffman (CO)
• Maura Healey (MA)
• Mark Herring (VA)
• Adam Paul Laxalt (NV)
• Tom Miller (IA)
• Doug Peterson (NE)
• Derek Schmidt (KS)
• Bill Schuette (ME)

Combatting human sex trafficking is on the top of the to-do list for Georgia’s newest attorney general, who recently was appointed to a nationwide committee on the subject.

Attorney General Chris Carr, who was sworn in on Nov. 1, 2016, will serve on the National Association of Attorneys General, or NAAG, Human Trafficking Committee.

“Human trafficking takes a horrific physical and mental toll on its victims and robs our children of their dignity and self-worth,” Carr said in a news release. “I am honored by this appointment, and I do not take it lightly. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow committee members as we strive to end this modern day slavery.”

Human trafficking occurs when a person is forced or tricked into involuntary labor or commercial sexual activity, or when a child is involved in commercial sexual activity.

There are estimated to be 21 million victims worldwide, generating $150 billion in annual illegal profits.

The state attorneys general established the committee to investigate and promote best practices for combatting trafficking at the state level.

These include law enforcement and prosecution strategies, educational outreach efforts and alliances with partner agencies and non-governmental organizations.