Human traffickers in Georgia could lose their commercial driver’s licenses

A bill introduced by an Athens republican would revoke commercial driver’s licenses from anyone convicted of human trafficking.

State Representative Houston Gaines introduced House Bill 823 Monday on behalf of Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp to combat human trafficking in Georgia.

The legislation would impose a lifetime commercial driver’s license ban in Georgia for those who have been convicted of a human trafficking crime.

The legislation would allow the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services to revoke a person’s commercial driver’s license issued in Georgia, as well as permanently disqualify the person from driving a commercial motor vehicle if they have been convicted of trafficking an individual for labor servitude or sexual servitude and used a commercial motor vehicle to commit the offense.

This legislation would work in accordance with a federal regulation that was created by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2019.

“Survivors and victims across Georgia are counting on us to bring this evil activity into the light and work together to end this horrific industry,” Gaines said.

This legislation is one of three legislative measures that seek to end human trafficking in Georgia.

For more information on HB 823, click here.

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