StarNews: Goolsby, Hamilton team up to battle sex trafficking

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Submitted: Tue, 12/11/2012 - 1:47am
Updated: Tue, 12/11/2012 - 4:45am

By Patrick Gannon

WILMINGTON, NC — Two state lawmakers from Wilmington say they want to pass new laws to battle the problem of sex trafficking of minors in North Carolina and offer more treatment and less punishment to its young victims.

Sen. Thom Goolsby, a Republican, and Rep. Susi Hamilton, a Democrat, said they would pursue legislation in the 2013 legislative session, which begins in late January.

Exactly what the legislation will look like isn’t known, but Hamilton said lawmakers are looking into how current law works as it pertains to girls between 11 and 16 years old being sold for sex. Instead of punishing them as prostitutes, they should be rehabilitated, said Hamilton, who will begin her second term in the House in January.

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  • Coast says:

    The coast has never been planned or developed as a “jobs” mecca. Everyone in the entire state has known for decades if you want a real job, move to Raleigh or Charlotte. Vog, Why don’t you form a brownfields task group for redeveloping our polluted building sites and campaign for grant funds to support clean up of those for when companies look for development sites, these will be EPA approved and ready to build? Just a suggestion!

  • Vog46 says:

    From the Star news article:
    “Goolsby, who will begin his second term in the Senate, recently wrote a column about the issue, titled “Time to stop minor sex trafficking,” in which he wrote that North Carolina ranks as the eighth most likely state for the crime.”
    Most likely state for sex trafficking?

    “The N.C. Coalition Against Human Trafficking estimates that the state ranks in the top eight for human trafficking”

    “listing the same reasons Goolsby cited in his column.

    “The reason is simple: North Carolina is crisscrossed by three major interstates and has a large transient farm workforce, military bases and international seaports,” Goolsby wrote.”

    So – Tom, Susie – we have a highway system – and THAT makes us rank an “estimated” 8th place for POTENTIAL sex trafficking?

    “Goolsby, who couldn’t be reached for comment Monday, also wrote that the state already has tough laws that will put a person in jail who “pimps out” a minor. But he said the laws don’t mean anything if there isn’t an effort to enforce them.”
    Ah -so we need NEW laws instead of higher levels of enforcement of older laws?

    Look – I’m the father of 3 daughters and I’m very protective of my grand daughter who is coming of age.
    But I am thoroughly against legislation against a problem that right now is unknown as to its size and scope. We need to first find out how bad the problem is before we commit to things like “housing, rehabilitation and counselling” – which strikes me as an open checkbook…….. Give the SBI and other agencies funds to determine the size of the NC problem before you go papering over this situation.

    This is “feel good” legislation to make Goolsby and Hamilton seem like they’re “doing something” – and I wish we didn’t have the potential problem – but I’m no fool – I know it can happen.
    C’mon Goolsby – you campaigned on jobs as the number one priority – where’s you’re job legislation agenda?


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