The Problem

What is Human Trafficking?

The recruitment and/or movement of someone within or across borders, through the abuse of power/position with the intention of forced exploitation, commercial or otherwise.

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Given the steadily increasing growth in residents and visitors, partners across Atlanta must come together to get a handle on our human trafficking problem.

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The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 was the first comprehensive federal law to address trafficking of persons. The law provided a three-pronged approach that included prevention, protection, and prosecution.  This launched law enforcement efforts to rescue victims and arrest traffickers, along with needed services for the care and restoration of trafficked persons.

In 2017 The TVPA was amended to provide “critical funding for both domestic and international anti-trafficking programs.”

A missing piece in these legislative efforts is holding the buyers, who create the demand for trafficked persons, accountable.  

Buyers who fuel the child sex trade are seldom held accountable. Most just blend back into their families, jobs and neighborhoods. Until the next time…

 A U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman, in a written response to questions, said the primary objective is to focus ‘our limited resources on apprehending the traffickers, who pose the most imminent threat to the victims.’  
USA Today January 30, 2018