StarNews: Goolsby files bill to combat sex trafficking in N.C.

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Submitted: Thu, 02/21/2013 - 2:31am
Updated: Thu, 02/21/2013 - 4:53am

By: Kevin Maurer

A bill filed in the state Senate Wednesday by a local senator would require those convicted of human trafficking, or pimps, to register as sex offenders.

Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover, filed his Sex Trafficking/Sex Offender Registration act Wednesday. It is the second of several bills Goolsby filed this week as he starts to work on his legislative agenda.

North Carolina ranks among the eight worst states for sex trafficking, according to a state coalition. The problem many attribute to the prevalence of major interstates, ports, military bases and a transient workforce, Goolsby said.

"It has just finally come on the radar," Goolsby said. "We have to get North Carolina out of that top 10.

The bill comes weeks after former Ashley High School student Alexandrea Berte, 20, pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge in connection with her involvement in an interstate sex-trafficking scheme that set up makeshift brothels in Wilmington and Winston-Salem. The charge carries a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, according to court documents.

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2015 years 8 months ago

having raised 3 girls this story interested me greatly. I read the first stories on this where the “Coalition” said, and I paraphrase: “Based upon NC’s extensive highway system, and the proximity of military bases we believe NC would rank 8th on the list of the worst states for human trafficking”.
I was initially thinking wow how bad can we be? Then I realized the Coalition ESTIMATED the size of the problem. I questioned the validity of the ranking and got no response as to the accuracy of the report.
We are now accepting the report as some sort of apocalyptic treatise on how bad sex trafficking ACTUALLY is in NC – without one shred of evidence to suggest it’s actually that bad.
All sex trafficking is bad. All prostitution is illegal (I believe it should be legalized).
Goolsby’s bill is not all that costly.
Hamilton wants rehabilitation – halfway houses, counselling, medical evaluations which will cost millions.
I would like to see some numbers if at all possible on how bad this is. One person trafficked is bad and ANY child involvement is bad (I’d kill the people in charge for THAT crime = electrocution to the genitals comes to mind). But really?
The international labor organization believes 4 million people are involved in sex trafficking world wide with 3.2 million in southeast asia alone. (they called it slave labor but I don’t know how they came up with the figures either).
It seems like a stretch to me to think NC is that bad without having heard something about this before this flurry of legislative activity.
Goolsby is pandering to woman with a feel good piece of legislation and Hamilton is just spending other people’s money.
Military bases = equals increased sex trafficking? Prove it. Prove that its not the individual hooker out to make a fast buck for drug money.