According to reports out of Cobb County, both a man and a woman were indicted on charges of sex trafficking and pimping a 16 year old girl.
As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will cover one of the laws that the suspects have been accused of violating. They are both facing multiple charges of pimping and sex trafficking in Georgia. I will outline the law behind pimping in Georgia in today's post.
Pimping in Georgia
Pimping in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-6-11 as:
A person can be convicted of pimping if they perform any of the following acts:
(1) Offers or agrees to procure a prostitute for another;
(2) Offers or agrees to arrange a meeting of persons for the purpose of prostitution;
(3) Directs or transports another person to a place when he or she knows or should know that the direction or transportation is for the purpose of prostitution;
(4) Receives money or another thing of value from a prostitute, without lawful consideration, knowing it was earned in whole or in part from prostitution; or
(5) Aids or abets, counsels, or commands another in the commission of prostitution or aids or assists in prostitution where the proceeds or profits received are to be divided on a pro rata basis.
Most of the time, pimping is classified as a misdemeanor of a high or aggravated nature. The penalties imposed will depend on the specific circumstances of the case along with any prior criminal history. However, the punishment will likely include fines, jail time, community service, and the requirement to register with the Georgia Sex Offender Registry.
However, pimping could be elevated to a felony conviction if the situation involved the participation of a person under 18 years of age. If the accomplices are under 16 years of age, the punishment will be 10-30 years in prison, a fine up to $100,000, or both. If the person is between 16 and 18 years old, then the punishment will be 5-20 years in prison, a fine between $2,500-$10,000, or both.
Sex Crimes in Georgia are handled very seriously and should not be taken lightly. Contact our offices today.