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Atlanta Man Convicted of Pimping 12-Year-OldAired February 12, 2001 - 4:46 p.m. ET
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JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: In Georgia, there's an effort under way to strengthen the state's laws against selling children for sex. This comes after the conviction of a man for pimping a 12-year-old girl and revelations of a child prostitution network in the city of Atlanta.
CNN's Brian Cabell has more on that.
BRIAN CABELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): She's 13 years old now, but she was 12 when she worked as a prostitute on the streets of south Atlanta last summer. The going rate? $60.
38-year-old Andrew Moore, also known as Batman, was her pimp, she testified. He bought her a wig and clothes, she said, to ply her trade and forced her to turn a trick in a car.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Why didn't you just jump out of the car?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I was scared.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Why were you scared?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Because he was parked right behind us.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Why did that cause you a problem?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Because he could have shot me.
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CABELL: Moore was convicted of pimping and statutory rape and sentenced to 22 years in prison. The girl? Officials here call her a hero for having pressed charges. She's now back with her family and trying to return to school as a 7th-grader.
LATASHA DOUGLAS, GIRL'S AUNT: Well, she cries a lot of times saying that she has to watch her back, you know, because these guys might come and try to hurt her. And you know, why should a 13-year- old have to walk around and watch their back?
CABELL (on camera): But according to federal authorities, this is more than just a single case involving one young prostitute and her pimp. A federal grand jury has returned indictments against 14 suspects on charges of pimping not only teenage girls, but preteen girls.
(voice-over): Under Georgia law, pimping, even of underage girls, is only a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year in prison. In most states, it's a felony. Georgia legislators are now trying to change the law.
The federal indictment carries a much heavier penalty. It charges the defendants with racketeering, setting up a network of child prostitution in the Atlanta area as far back as 1997.
RICHARD DEANS, U.S. ATTORNEY: The indictment also outlines a pattern of criminal behavior which included the providing of drugs, clothing, training, out-of-state travel.
CABELL: How many young girls may be involved? One local prosecutor estimates there may be hundreds of underage girls with pimps working the streets of Atlanta.
Brian Cabell, CNN, Atlanta.
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