- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly approved legislation that would establish a fund for abused and sexually exploited children.

Lawmakers approved the bill in a 50-2 vote on Thursday.

The fund would be financed through $2,500 fines on convicted traffickers and an annual $5,000 fee on strip clubs.

The fund would pay for housing, health care and other services for victims. The legislation also would mandate that convicted traffickers register as sex offenders.

Establishing the fund calls for amending the state constitution which would need to be approved by voters to go into effect.

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