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Sex trafficking is a major problem in Georgia

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Sex trafficking is a major problem in Georgia. According to Attorney General Sam Olens, the state has at least one arrest or indictment a week, involving human sex trafficking.

"It is modern day slavery, where you take runaway girls, kidnapped girls,  and illegal immigrants and you turn them into sex slaves," said Olens. "That's just totally inappropriate and we need to lock those folks away for many, many years."

 In January, the U.S. attorney's office arrested twelve men in Savannah for operating a sex ring forcing teenage girls to have sex with men.

 While meeting with some Savannians Sunday, at the Jewish Educational Alliance, Olens made it clear that this issue spans far beyond the big cities.

 "We're finding these indictments all over the state. It is not an Atlanta issue, it's a state wide issue," he said.

 Mayor Edna Jackson agrees.

 "We are talking about 12 years old girls that are being prostituted out into the community," she said. "We need to make sure that we are protecting young people and we are trying to get the pimps and the buyers put in jail."

 Jackson said she wants to put a task force together to help get a better handle on sex trafficking in Savannah. She said she was approached by a lot of people who want to help the city take action. 

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