Child Sexual Exploitation in Atlanta

posted Jan 15, 2013, 9:16 AM by Patricia Schiffman

"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. "

Read the full article:  Reality of child sexual exploitation in Atlanta

Living Water for Girls

posted Nov 3, 2012, 12:39 PM by Jonah Bea-Taylor   [ updated Jan 15, 2013, 9:09 AM by Patricia Schiffman ]

Living Water for Girls is a safe refuge to American girls, ages 12-18, who have been victims of human sex trafficking.
They have been selected to compete for a $2,500 Award offered by GOOD Maker to Empower Women and Girls. 

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 Voting Ends Nov2nd

Eradicating Modern-Day Slavery

posted Oct 1, 2012, 3:01 PM by Jonah Bea-Taylor

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.[1]

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, but slavery still exists today, and this is what it looks like. Read More

Human Trafficking "Starter Kit" posted

posted Aug 20, 2012, 8:32 AM by Jonah Bea-Taylor   [ updated Aug 20, 2012, 8:33 AM ]

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.

BBC Series on Trafficking

posted May 22, 2012, 6:46 PM by Jonah Bea-Taylor

Every year 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

Why Atlanta is facing a growing trafficking challenge

posted May 13, 2012, 6:13 PM by Jonah Bea-Taylor

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's Freedom Project

posted Apr 15, 2012, 8:42 PM by Jonah Bea-Taylor

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

The problem of Backpage

posted Apr 15, 2012, 8:31 PM by Jonah Bea-Taylor

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

CNN - What hotels can do

posted Feb 29, 2012, 8:16 AM by Jonah Bea-Taylor

"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

2011 Summit on Trafficking in Atlanta

posted Feb 21, 2012, 10:03 AM by Jonah Bea-Taylor

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

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