The Problem

Sex Trafficking

What is Sexual Exploitation?

Sexual exploitation is the sexual abuse of children and youth through the exchange of sex or sexual acts for: drugs, food, shelter, protection, other basics of life, and/or money.

Sexual exploitation also involves children and youth in creating: pornography and sexually explicit websites.

In a given month, 7,200 men buy sex with an adolescent female in Georgia. Atlanta has the highest annual revenue in the underground commercial sex economy at $290m per year.

Atlanta has one of the highest underground sex industries in the United States. It is a flourishing hub for human trafficking because

  1. Of 14 major cities in the USA, it has the most strip clubs per capita, even more than Vegas,
  2. It is one of the most popular convention destinations in the country and
  3. It has the largest airport in the world.
    Wherever you have large crowds of people with disposable money there will be greater demand for sexual and cheap labor services and thus incentive to exploit vulnerable people.

Overburdened Child Protection Agencies

1 out of 6
endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children were likely to be child sex trafficking victims.

Due to lack of funding, states are losing track of missing foster children

92%
were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.

We know that they are not mutually exclusive categories. To wrap our heads around who is affected by this crime, we dissect complicated experiences into isolated ones and create a series of valuable data points to direct our work.

Living with Disabilities:
A Cause & Consequence of Sex Trafficking

“I was born disabled and that is what led me to be vulnerable to being trafficked...[My trafficker] played on that fear that my parents [instilled in me] that I couldn't hold down a real job or support myself. Like this is the only thing I'll ever amount to.”

Survivors live the rest of their lives with psychological and physical impairments caused by trauma & injuries sustained while being sex trafficked.

Warning signs that an individual is being trafficked for sexual exploitation

  • Signs of Physical abuse such as bum marks, bruises or cuts
  • Talks about wild parties or invites other students to attend
  • New friends with a different style
  • Dresses inappropriately;
  • Displays expensive clothes, accessories or shoes
  • New tattoo
 (specifically money symbol or barcode)
  • Older 
boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Sexualized 
behavior
  • Brags about making or having lots of money
  • Withdrawn, depressed, distracted or checked out

 

Help STOP this modern-day slavery
Know the Signs of Sex Trafficking

  • Less appropriately dressed than before
  • Overly tired or unexplained absences in class
  • Withdrawn, depressed, distracted or checked out
  • Displays expensive clothes, accessories or shoes
  • Brags about making or having lots of money
  • New tattoo (tattoos are often used to brand victims)
  • Older boyfriend or new friend with a different lifestyle

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What is the difference between Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking?

“Trafficking” is the of coercing individuals into “sexual exploitation” which takes the form of transactional sex acts, rape, pornography and exploitive relationships.. from a victim’s perspective, they may seem the same.

Trafficking involves a Predator who is paying for sex acts.

Do we focus on identifying human traffickers?

The current model of arresting traffickers and rescuing victims is not reducing trafficking.

What is the best way to stop human trafficking?

Reducing Demand through consistent prosecution of Predators. We need to alert our elected officials that it is our community’s priority for law enforcement to shift the focus to buyer arrests.