ATLANTA (AP) -- The measure would increase minimum sentences for human traffickers from one year to 10 years behind bars. It tacks on
fines of up to $100,000 for a conviction. If the victim is a minor,
the trafficker would face no less than 25 years in prison.
It also says that a person cannot be found guilty of a sex crime
if it took place while that person was a victim of trafficking.
Some Georgia religious groups objected to that, arguing it
effectively legalized prostitution.
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has called the law
"critical" to address a growing problem in the state.