Public Awareness Is A Start to Curbing Human Trafficking

Recently two cases in metro Atlanta once again highlighted the problem of human trafficking in our commuhumanTrnity. Joshua Dumas of Atlanta, Georgia, plead guilty to prostituting juvenile girls from Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina, and Florida to Georgia. This week, Darryl Curry of DeKalb was convicted of multiple counts of sex trafficking, aggravated battery, pimping a person under 18, false imprisonment, sexual exploitation of children, first-degree cruelty to children and obstruction. He could be sentenced to up to 203 years.

There is growing attention given to human trafficking awareness in this country as more young girls and boys become victims in the commercial sex trade business.

  • Atlanta is one of the top 14 cities in the US for sex trafficking according to the 2005 FBI Status Report.
  • The average age of a child first used in prostitution is 11 to 14, with some as young as 9 years of age. (2005 FBI Status Report)
  • One in four girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. (CDC, December 2005)
  • 70% of runaways lead to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). (AFNAP and YouthSpark Provider Report)
  • Forty-five percent of CSEC cases happen online and fifty percent on the street. (AFNAP and YouthSpark Provider Project)

Celebrities like actresses Jada Pinkett and Atlanta’s Jasmine Guy have lent their voices to the cause. Jasmine Guy is a spokesperson for “I Am Not Yours” campaign, “”I had no idea that Atlanta was such a hub for sex trafficking and slavery,” she said in a CNN interview.  Last year President Obama also signed into law the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), which provides needed support to law enforcement, victims support providers, and U.S. diplomats in the fight against human trafficking, which affects some 20 million people around the world.

This Saturday the public is invited to a forum that will feature law enforcement and human trafficking experts to discuss this important community human rights violation.

The Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter and East Point College Park Chapter

of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Presents a Human Trafficking Forum

Panelists:

Richard Moultrie, Assistant United States Attorney,

Melba Robinson, Director, Living Water for Girls,

Brian Johnston, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, GBI CEACCU

Kaffie McCullough, Consultant, YouthSpark

 

Saturday, March 23rd from 10am-12pm

Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center

2443 Hwy 54 W, Peachtree City, GA, 30269

 

For additional information contact:   LaShandra Little, lashandralittle@gmail.com or Nadine Gurly, dst1919walkintall@yahoo.com