Metro Atlanta makes a lot of top ten lists for good reasons, but there's one we're on every year that we wish we weren't:
The list of regions with the highest rate of human trafficking.
Now one city near the airport is making it a law to spread awareness.
Beyond merely suggesting that business owners post the number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888) in their stores, South Fulton is charging $500 penalties to the ones who don't.
With a unanimous vote at their September meeting, the Mayor and City Council adopted Ordinance 2018-034, which was sponsored by District 3 Councilwoman Helen Willis.
“With the City of South Fulton being the largest of the 8 cities in the South Fulton region and having all major interstates in its proximity, I thought it was important to be in the forefront of this significant issue plaguing Metro Atlanta,” said Willis. “The City of South Fulton is less than 12 miles from the busiest airport in the nation and we have Old National Highway, Roosevelt Highway, parts of Fulton Industrial, and Oakley Industrial; all those areas are vulnerable to Human Trafficking. We are asking the community and businesses to work together with our Police Department to combat this issue and assist anyone they suspect of being a victim by encouraging them to seek help via the Georgia Hotline (1-844-842-3678)
According to the law, these are the categories of business that need to hang the sign in a conspicuous place.
(1) Adult entertainment establishments;(2) Bars;(3) Primary airports;(4) Passenger rail or light rail stations;(5) Bus stations;(6) Truck stops;(7) Emergency rooms with general acute care hospitals;(8) Urgent care centers;(9) Farm labor contractors and day haulers;(10) Privately operated job recruitment centers;(11) Safety rest areas located along interstate highways in this City;(12) Hotels;(13) Food service establishments;(14) Businesses and establishments that offer massage or bodywork services by a person who is not a massage therapist;(15) Government buildings; provided, however, that in the case of leased property, this paragraph shall only apply to public restrooms.
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