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 For information about the upcoming symposium on human trafficking, please visit

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