The Issue

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons or modern-day slavery, is a crime that involves compelling or coercing a person to provide labor or services, or to engage in commercial sex acts. The coercion can be subtle or overt, physical or psychological. Exploitation of a minor for commercial sex is human trafficking also called Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, regardless of whether any form of force, fraud, or coercion was used”. Essentially, engaging a child in any form of a sex act or adult entertainment performance in exchange for anything of value, even food, is sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Currently, human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise and quickly surpassing the drug trade as it is increasingly more lucrative to sell a child for sex. The multi-billion-dollar industry is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. The FBI has called it an “epidemic”. The traffickers can make much more money selling a child many times a night than a single drug or gun transaction. In the U.S. there are an estimated 300,000 American children vulnerable to trafficking or currently being sexually exploited. The average age of victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is 11-14. Georgia records indicate over 1,800 calls for help occurred in 2017. In Georgia, there are an estimated 200-300 girls trafficked daily and represent most of the counties in the state. No community is immune to Presently there are only 31 bed placements available for these children. Micah’s Promise is working to change those numbers by raising the capital funds necessary to build a therapeutic treatment facility for girls aged 12 to 17 suffering from complex trauma due to being victimized in sex trafficking.