Hotlines for victims of sex trafficking

As human trafficking continues to be a big problem in metro Atlanta, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation wants victims to know that help is available.

Victims and people who know someone being sold for sex or made/forced to work for little or no pay and cannot leave, can call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888.

The statewide Georgia Hotline for Domestic Minor Trafficking is 1-844-842-3678.

All victims of slavery and human trafficking have rights and are protected by international, federal and state law.

The toll-free hotline, accessible in 170 languages, is available 24/7. It is anonymous and confidential, and can provide help, referral to services, training, and general information.

Metro Atlanta, including DeKalb County, is one of the top human trafficking destinations in the United States. Every year, thousands of minors are recruited from the city and suburban areas and transferred to other counties or states, predominantly for sex trafficking.

In 2007, the sex trade generated $290 million in Atlanta and authorities say it has been steadily growing. Sex traffickers in Atlanta make an average of $33,000 per week.

The average age of entry into the commercial sex market for girls in Georgia is 12 to 14 years. Statewide, some 374 girls are commercially exploited monthly, and at any one time, 5,000 girls are at risk of being sex-trafficked.

Authorities say that 12,400 men pay for sex with a young woman; and 7,200 of them end up exploiting an adolescent female.

About 65 percent of men in Georgia who buy sex with young females do so in and around suburban and metro Atlanta, with 9 percent near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – the world’s busiest airport.