At the Carter Center in Atlanta this week, the first World Summit to End Human Trafficking took place. Coinciding with the event, Atlanta-based organization youthSpark is releasing a new study about the sex trade involving young males.
Over the years police stings like the one in Johns Creek have rescued many minors and adults forced into sex trafficking. It's also netted the arrests of traffickers and buyers. But authorities and advocates working to bring awareness about sex trafficking admit there's a lot more to do.
Georgia attorney general Sam Olens has joined forty-eight other attorneys general urging Congress to amend a federal law to help states fight the use of the internet for prostitution and child sex trafficking.
Their request is aimed at amending the Communications Decency Act of 1996.
WABE’s Rose Scott reports they are targeting a specific website.
The original intent of the law was to protect children from what could be viewed as indecent.
The forum on child sex trafficking include panelists Cheryl DeLuca-Johnson from Street Grace, moderator Stephanie Davis from GA Women For A Change, Jennifer Swain from youthSpark, Sen. Renee Unterman, Rep. Buzz Brockway, U.S Attorney Sally Yates and GA Attorney General, Sam Olens.
This week, President Obama announced new initiatives to combat human trafficking, including an executive order that requires closer tracking of U.S. Government contractors around the world.
The goal is to ensure they are not involved in human trafficking, especially the sex trafficking of children.
As part of WABE's continuing coverage of the fight against child sex trafficking, WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Atlanta U.S. Attorney Sally Yates about the president's executive order, and about some recent indictments in the metro Atlanta area.
Last week, Federal prosecutors in Atlanta continued bringing cases against five men accused of pimping young girls in Atlanta area hotels and motels. Meanwhile, state authorities continue to develop their strategies, a year after they made the fight against child sex trafficking a GBI priority. As part of WABE's continuing coverage of the issue, Denis O'Hayer got an update from GBI Director Vernon Keenan.