Sex Trafficking

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Federal Bureau of Investigation

Every month approximately 374 girls are sexually exploited in Georgia. On average, they are 12-14 years old.

Last month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Atlanta office collaborated with nearly 40 local law enforcement agencies to rescue 148 missing children who had become victims of human trafficking. Some were as young as three years old. 


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Georgia ranks near the top nationally for having the most human trafficking cases.

Data compiled by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center shows that this year alone, Georgia has the seventh highest rate of cases. Most involve sex trafficking.

Legislation is working its way through Congress to give prosecutors and sex trafficking victims a way to take legal action against websites, like Backpage.com, that welcome ads for prostitutes. However, some companies worry this measure could hurt the tech industry.

Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force

"Comfort Women" refers to the women and girls trafficked by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. This was one of the largest known cases of human trafficking in modern history. A memorial was slated for the Center for Civil and Human Rights, but it backed out in March.

FLICKR

There were two big stories that made headlines involving sex trafficking in Georgia last week.  In Savannah, a man was convicted of 19 counts of child sex trafficking. 

In Sandy Springs, police broke up a human-trafficking operation inside a million dollar home. Eight women were rescued and one man was arrested in connection with the crime.

 

Atlanta has a reputation as one of the worst sex-trafficking hubs in the country. But how widespread is the problem?

Editor's note: This report contains accounts of rape, violence and other disturbing events.

Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to, on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

notbuyingit.org

Atlanta consistently ranks high among sex trafficking hubs in America.

MercyMovement.com

 

If you begin to see an a growing unfamiliar faces in your neighborhood, US Attorney Edward Tarver says don’t ignore it. You could be a witness to sex trafficking.

 

The Center for Public policy studies calls Georgia a major human trafficking destination.

 

Two years ago 12 victims were rescued from a sex trafficking that spanned from Mexico to Savannah.