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Monday, June 27, 2011 - 11:42am

Internet Impacts Crime & Crimefighting

Technology is making it easier for sexual predators in rural parts of the state to access child victims of sex trafficking. But new laws could make it easier for police to find the traffickers.

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards recently underwent training on combating human trafficking. He says he was surprised to learn that rural southwest Georgia is a destination for people paying to have sex with children.

He says local predators contact pimps through sites like Backstage and Craig’s List.

“Atlanta seems to be the base where people go, but using the internet the sex slaves as such are then sent to locations to meet at hotels/motels within this part of the country.”

But the state is also using technology to combat the problem. Recent changes to state law make it easier for police to access information about alleged pedophiles from online service providers.

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