The dark side of life

Living in Coweta County, we like to think we are safe from most big-city problems.

Yes, we have drugs and dealers, an occasional armed robbery, but nothing on the scale of what is found in places like Atlanta. Law enforcement conducts undercover operations, makes the bust, and we move on with our daily lives knowing the bad guys are being put away.

The vast majority of us never come into contact with law enforcement — other than a speeding ticket. We are immune. We are safe from the big city ills.

We are not.

Recently, three people were arrested on multiple child sex crimes, including molestation, kidnapping and human trafficking. Their victim, the individual they were turning into a prostitute, was 15 years old. And it occurred here in Coweta.

On Sunday, we ran a story about the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club hosting a symposium on human trafficking. Some of the stories told were heartbreaking, such as the Rotarian who went up and hugged a young woman who came and spoke about the dark side of human trafficking. She used to babysit the man’s kids.

Yes, we have all the crimes we normally associate with big cities. We are not immune. The symposium will be held in February, and we encourage you to attend in an effort to learn the signs that show some young teenager may be involved in prostitution or is the victim of human trafficking.

But don’t wait. The Rotary International organization sponsors an End Human Trafficking Now program. More information about the program — and how to spot potential victims — is available at www.EndHTNow.com. For information about the upcoming symposium on human trafficking, please visit www.CowetaFayetteRotary.org.






More Opinion

Georgia Says

The Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, Georgia, on proposed Internet rules: Large corporations can't always be trusted to do the right thing. But n ... Read More


A note from the publisher

A lot has occurred at The Newnan Times-Herald over the last few months, and I believe it’s an appropriate time to let you know what we ... Read More


Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers: REALLY?!?: Grantville has a new police chief, the third one in about as many yea ... Read More


Georgia Says

The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle on the Affordable Care Act: A private foundation issued a report claiming 20 million Americans "gained cover ... Read More


‘Murder in Coweta’ has continual silver lining

The killing of farmhand William Turner in 1948 was a tragedy. Turner, who was using the name Wilson Turner, was a young husband and father. ... Read More

Rants, Raves & Really?!?

RAVE: To Alex Ogletree for giving back to his alma mater, Newnan High. Ogletree gave $5,000 to upgrade the NHS weight room. The NFL gave a m ... Read More