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Legislators dub 2015 General Assembly 'year of the child'

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By BILL HENDRICK
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal plans to sign a bill Tuesday that would levy an annual $5,000 fee on strip clubs and fine pimps $2,500 to set up a fund to help sexually exploited children.

Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, has been trying for six years to get the Legislature to set up a Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund to pay for housing, health care and other services for children forced into prostitution, for which she says Atlanta has become a Mecca.

She says money called for in Senate Bill 8 will pay for "therapy, including residential treatment with psychological, behavioral remediation and reintegration back into the education system" and possibly job placement.

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