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Atlanta Ranked No. 1 for Sex Trafficking; Conventions to Blame?

A new federal study says Atlanta had the country's largest sex trade.

A new federal study says Atlanta had the country's largest sex trade. Courtesy of The Atlanta Facing Team
A new federal study says Atlanta had the country's largest sex trade. Courtesy of The Atlanta Facing Team

The author of a study of sex trafficking around the United States says metro Atlanta topped the list in part because of the many conventions held in the city.

The report, conducted by Washington D.C.'s Urban Institute for the U.S. Justice Department, looked at the sex trade in eight major American cities and found that Atlanta had the largest sex trade between 2003 and 2007.

"Atlanta went from $232 million to $290 million over that five year span," Meredith Dank, the lead author for the report, told WSB Radio. As a comparison, $290 million is more than the revenue generated by metro Atlanta's illegal drug and gun trade combined.

Atlanta's revenue also was far above any other city studied, with Miami second at $200 million. Denver's sex trade was worth $40 million, San Diego's $97 million and Dallas' $99 million.

The culprit? Dank says the many events and conventions in the Atlanta bring people to town with lots of time and money. Some escorts charge more than $1,000 per hour.

One pimp the researchers spoke with in Atlanta made, on average, about $33,000 a week, according to the WSB story.

According to FBI statistics, Atlanta ranks among the top 14 cities in the United States for domestic minor sex trafficking. And some 300 girls across Atlanta are lured into trafficking every month.   

Earlier this month the Junior League of Atlanta presented “Stop the Candy Shop,” a documentary examining domestic minor sex trafficking in the city. About 500 children are trafficked for sex in Georgia every month, according to Street GRACE, whose mission is to stop the exploitation of children.

View the entire film on Vimeo here: http://vimeo.com/20833462.

stanley seigler March 14, 2014 at 09:14 PM
'As long as women are over 18, such sexual practices should be deemed legal...' ........................................................................................ yes prostitution should be legal+++but why not 14, 16 vice 18+++and hohouses should be licensed+++johns should have to sign in with name and address and proof of same... sign-in sheets should be published on the society page +++ each hohouse should have a resident priest and confessional for johns before they go home... ........................................................................................ ohand should male prostitution be legal too...should there be separate female/male houses or can one house serve all+++ohohand should agent/pimps be licensed and have background checks... ........................................................................................ oooand should the hohouses be allowed to distribute porn and should there an age limit for the porn actors.... ........................................................................................ BTW1 what would Jesus say+++only christians need ponder this Q+++but a Q for all: WHAT would you say boot yo daughter, son, sister, brother, mother, father, wife, sweetheart, transsexual lover, whatever, working in one of these licensed female/male hohouses+++would hohouse employees be welcome in yo church... ........................................................................................ oh for those thrilling days of sodom, gomorrah, and roman debauchery when caesar's wife was a ho...and nero fiddled...ohhoho. ........................................................................................ BTW2 should hohouses.inc trade on the dow or nasdaq...
Just Say'n March 14, 2014 at 09:58 PM
Hey at least we are number one at something!
Kenneth Stepp March 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM
When busted, the child and the john are arrested and the pimp and agency walks away. If there was ever a reason to have a citizen hit squad, this is it. After half were targeted, the other half would vanish. Word would get out in that community that the Atlanta market is closed. I love the constitution. But these kids need to be protected too.
stanley seigler March 15, 2014 at 09:15 PM
RE: these kids need to be protected too. .......................................................................................... are ye crazy...there's money to be made by the agency (the porn-corp)...let the unregulated free market work its willway!!...protection for our children will eventually trickle down...dont ye feel a lil warm trickle on yo leg even now...weel .it's not rainwater, bro...
Tony Gutierrez March 16, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Uhhhm.... the film is not called "stop the candy shop" and it specifically states it is "not a documentary". Did the author of this article even follow his own links?

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