"Judge Jones is a tough straight-talker by nature, but one afternoon, outside the courtroom, I
saw his hard veneer crack a little. He was reading from a poem that a 14-year-old female
defendant had once given him, and I could have sworn there’d been a hitch in his baritone
throat. The poem was called “You Ain’t Been Down My Street,” and it went like this:
You ain’t been down my street
And seen your mother get brutally beat.
You ain’t never had a gun to your head
Or sexually had to lie in bed
Before you judge me, Judge, read this and see
That you ain’t been down my street. "
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An 11-year-old girl in five-point shackles is escorted into a
courtroom. Her crime? She was caught in the back of a van with a
43-year-old man who had paid for 30 minutes of her time to do whatever
he wanted to with her.
Where was the man when the girl was in court? He’d already been released, fined $50 for misdemeanor solicitation and set free.
The little girl – because at 11, what else can we call her – belonged
to a pimp who had three other girls in his possession. After she had
run away from home, the pimp took her in, and now she was “paying him
back” for a roof over her head, her clothing and some food.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation
Proclamation, but slavery still exists today, and this is what it looks
like. Read More
If you are looking for key resources about why trafficking is such a problem particularly here in Atlanta, and what we as a community need to start doing about it, then this is the place to start
. These documents include feature articles on trafficking in Atlanta, a report on the current legal framework to protect victims, and an inspirational sermon on the spiritual case to take action.
thousands of women are forced into prostitution and traded from Mexico
to the United States. The BBC investigates the sex trafficking business,
which makes some men very wealthy at the expense of vulnerable young
women. Watch the videos
More than 300 girls each month in Georgia are being pulled into the sex for cash business.
Advocates say that although the young people are being forced to look the part -- dressed in high heels and skin tight clothing -- they are children who need to be rescued. Read More on Fox5 News
CNN has launched a major initiative to tell the worldwide story of human slavery that continues today. The key to this story is that it's a big business: "Ranking behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking, human trafficking is
estimated to be the third largest international crime industry,
according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
. It is believed to generate profits of an estimated $32 billion, according to a 2005 report from the International Labour Organization
. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries." Learn More
This Op-Ed by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times follows a former victim of trafficking as she explains how this "business" really works. Read More
"Training of hotel staff is key, said Michelle Gulebart, project
coordinator for ECPAT-USA. Hotel managers may never spot the signs of
sex trafficking, but housekeeping and room service employees often know
something isn't right. They're just not sure what. 'Hotel rooms are used
as venues for exploitation,' Gulebart said. 'A pimp might hold up one
or two girls in a room and might run traffic out of a room. They'll post
ads on a website and send a girl to the room next door.' " Read More
The summit at Georgia State University drew more than 400 attendees with
speakers including Gov. Nathan Deal, GBI Director Vernon Keenan, state
Attorney General Sam Olens and U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, along
with representatives from several nonprofit organizations. Read More