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Atlanta Man Convicted of Pimping 12-Year-Old

Aired February 12, 2001 - 4:46 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

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.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

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.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

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.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

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.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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