Prior studies have found that the initial age of entry into commercial sexual activity is between 12 and 14.
However, possibly due to the older age of our participants, 44% of the sampled youth who experienced commercial sex activity traded sex for something of value for the first time when they were over the age of 18. This may be because youth homelessness occurred only after the age of 18 when they signed themselves out of foster care or were kicked out of a family home.
- Human trafficking does occur in Georgia. This criminal activity takes the form of sex trafficking as well as labor trafficking and victims are both adults and minors.
- There is a significant disparity between the number of victims documented by law enforcement (190 cases with at least one victim) and victims service organizations (more than 500 individual victims).
- This disparity is attributed to a number of factors including, but not limited to, organizational differences, victim-specific issues, and an inability to effectively identify and treat victims.
- Existing law enforcement documentation of human trafficking is overwhelmingly related to sex rather than labor trafficking. While narratives and case studies reveal that labor trafficking does in fact occur in the state, it is not readily recognized as a problem by law enforcement due to investigative limitations or insufficient resources.
- The majorities of victims accessed services or were documented by agencies within no rural areas of Georgia. Victims’ service providers are primarily located in areas with higher population density, while law enforcement agencies in these areas tend to be larger and more likely to have specialized work units dedicated to these crimes.
- The majority of human trafficking victims identified in this study were domestically trafficked whereas it is a widely held misconception (amongst local law enforcement and the general public) that non-U.S. citizens are the most frequent victims of trafficking.
Source, The Polaris Project