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Senator Goolsby:

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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