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About Sex Trafficking | Print |

Sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Minors under the age of 18 engaging in commercial sex are considered to be victims of human trafficking, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion.

Sex traffickers frequently target victims and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims involved in the sex industry for their own profit.

Sex trafficking exists within diverse and unique sets of venues and businesses including fake massage businesses, escort services, residential brothels, in public on city streets and in truck stops, strip clubs, hostess clubs, hotels and motels, and elsewhere.

Information provided by Polaris, operator of the Human Trafficking Hotline.       


Fulton County is working hard to combat sex trafficking and assist victims

YouthSpark, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization housed inside the Fulton County Juvenile Courthouse, is uniquely positioned to support and advocate on behalf of court-involved youth. In partnership with the Court, YouthSpark develops innovative programs, provides critical services to youth and their families, and more.

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has a Crimes Against Women and Children Unit. In 2011, the Office of the District Attorney received a grant from the United States Department of Justice to focus on Child Exploitation, with a specific emphasis on Human Trafficking. With these funds, one Senior Assistant District Attorney and one Senior Investigator work exclusively on the sexual exploitation of children in the sex trade industry.



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