According to the U.S. Department of Justice:
“Human Trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons or Modern Slavery, is a crime that involves compelling or coercing a person to provide labor services or to engage in commercial sex acts. The coercion can be subtle or overt, physical or psychological. Exploitation of minors, children under the age of 18, for commercial sex is Human Trafficking, regardless of whether any form of force, fraud, or coercion was used”
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. 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 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. In 2017, Georgia records indicate over 1,800 calls for help.
An estimated 500 girls are trafficked monthly in Georgia and represent most of the counties in the state. No community is immune to the recruitment/coercion for sex trafficking. Presently there are only 37 bed placements available for these children in the state of Georgia. 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.
Traffickers Common Recruitment Locations
Traffickers who are worried that their employees would be raped, killed, arrested, or infected with an STD
1 in 4 girls are abused by their 18th birthday