Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Children
Senate Bill 8 - Safe Harbor / Rachel's Law Act
Senate Resolution 7 - (companion to Safe Harbor / Rachel's Law Act) - calls for a constitutional amendment
Overview of Primary Provisions
Nine Common Risk Factors for Why Children Become Victims of Sexual Exploitation as identified by Hidden in Plain View study:
1. Conflicts at home
2. Parental neglect
3. Physical or sexual abuse
6. Housing instability
7. Educational failure
8. Emotional/Psychological problems
REPORT CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING
NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE - 1-888-3737-888
GEORGIA CARES (formerly GEORGIA CARE CONNECTION) - Address: P.O. Box 1967, Decatur, GA 30031, Telephone: 404.602.0068 www.georgiacareconnection.com
YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT – 911
NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN - The Cyber Tipline: 1-800-843-5678
Your help is always needed.
Answer this call from ICM to provide comfort to girls who have suffered some of life's most tragic situations. Make contact with the following centers for girls who have been sexually exploited and/or sexually abused and find out how you and your faith community can be of service:
Let us know that you are able and willing to help. Contact us by e-mail or by calling 770-498-2141
Georgia Legislation re Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking (2011 Legislative Session)
Georgia Legislation on Child Sexual Exploitation (2010 Legislative Session)
New Program from Georgia Care Connection for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children--
United Methodist Women's Response to Human Trafficking (Packet)
ICM Presentation on Child Sexual Exploitation to NGUMC
A 10-Year Overview of Prostitution of Children in GA (1999-2009)
Georgia Code 16-6-9 through 16-6-13 Prostitution, Pimping and Pandering
Crackdown on Child Prostitution in Atlanta
Regional Assessment Center for Victims of Child Prostitution and Trafficking Saved by Governor's Office as reported from A Future Not a Past January 23, 2009
Regional Assessment Center money in the budget has been frozen since last session. The Department of Human Resources eliminated it from their budget for FY09 and FY10.
Today, the Governor's Office of Children and Families stepped up to fund the assessment phase for girls who've been commercially sexually exploited! This development means there is no need to advocate for restoration of the $560,000 in the DHR budget.
We appreciate Jen Bennecke, the Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Children and Families, and Gov. Perdue for their support while work to find long term funding for this critical piece of the continuum of care continues.
ICM sends a special "Thank you" to everyone who wrote letters, made phone calls and paid visits to legislators on behalf of children who have been victimized by child prostitution. However, we cannot become complacent because there is much more work to do.
As you may recall, the Joint Commission on Sexual Exploitation of Minors announced legislative its recommendations on January 15. Three potential pieces of legislation emerged from the data:
1. Implement a surcharge on the entrance into an adult entertainment business (with those additional funds expended on services for minors who have been the victims of commercial sexual exploitation);
2. Change the age of exotic dancers from a minimum age of 18 to 21; require proof of age and tie enforcement to licensing regulations;
3. Amend GA Code 19-7-5, mandatory reporting of child abuse, to also report a child who is suspected of being prostituted by someone other than a "parent or caretaker"--(making it clear that the prostitution of a child is child abuse, no matter who commits the offense).
2008 Talking Points provided by “A Future. Not a Past.”
1. Metropolitan Atlanta has become a national hub for the prostitution of adolescent girls, with the trafficking of girls from across the state and across the nation becoming an ever-increasing problem.
2. Children who have been trafficked, and commercially sexually exploited children need appropriate therapeutic services to recover from this abuse & grow into productive citizens.
3. Right now child-victims are sent to Youth Detention Centers (YDC) because enough appropriate services do not exist. Putting prostituted children in detention often makes their difficulties worse.
4. The $560,000 requested in the 2009 budget covers all supportive services (case management, education, therapies, rehabilitation, room & board) to establish seven dedicated assessment beds at a facility in Georgia.
5. The center serves as a resource for law enforcement. Sometimes law enforcement officers are reluctant to pick-up prostituted children because there is no appropriate safe place to take them.
6. Law enforcement and social service organizations across the state have mentioned the need for this type of services for victims of prostitution.
7. Any funds appropriated by the General Assembly would be disbursed to an appropriate vendor through a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process. The Juvenile Justice Fund, a respected non-profit organization affiliated with the Fulton County Juvenile Court, is the agency spearheading this advocacy effort.
8. We urge you to support funding for a center that will expand services.
Background Information on Victims of Child Prostitution from “A Future. Not a Past.”
Who’s leading the charge? Georgians against Child Prostitution and Trafficking has joined with the Juvenile Justice Fund, the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and the Harold and Kayrita Anderson Family Foundation behind “A Future. Not A Past.” a campaign to end the prostitution of children in Georgia.
According to “A Future. Not a Past.,” in 2007 they laid the groundwork for the establishment of a regional assessment center. The $140,000 appropriated by the legislature in 2008 was scheduled to be awarded to an eligible vendor in February.
The budget request Personnel (3 case management positions, fringe and benefits) $190,000 Contract & Services (7 beds @ $195.70 per day for one year) $500,000* Facility Renovation $ 10,000
Total Need $700,000
FY 2008 Funding ($140,000) FY 2009 Request $560,000 (Figure rounded down to nearest 100 and includes treatment costs.)
Contact: Kaffie McCullough, firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-224-4566
The problem is widespread. It’s not just Atlanta. The prostitution of children in Georgia has often been associated just with the City of Atlanta. This is simply not true -- this horrendous activity is taking place all across the state. Prostitution harms children of all races and socio-economic classes. And the Internet has made the problem even more pervasive.
· Recent quarterly results from an ongoing independent tracking study sponsored by “A Future. Not a Past.,” indicates that more than 250 adolescent girls were being commercially sexually exploited in Georgia – and these numbers represent only the month of November, 2007.
· “Johns” are actively seeking out young girls for sex on the Internet. This same independent tracking study has found that 65% of men who inquire about “Craigslist” sex service ads are responsive to listings specifically offering “young” females.
· To bring it home, more adolescent girls in Georgia are harmed by prostitution each month than are killed in car accidents each year.
What are the consequences for the perpetrators? Under Georgia law, those convicted of soliciting sex from or pimping a child younger than 18 can be sentenced to five to 20 years in prison plus asset forfeiture under state pandering statutes – or 10 to 20 years under the state’s human‐trafficking statutes.
ICM agrees with A Future. Not a Past. “There is no such thing as a child prostitute. Countless girls are coerced, abused and forced to live a life of exploitation at the hands of predators.” It is time for the child victims of prostitution and trafficking to have a future…not a past.
Continued FY 2009 Funding of $560,000 for the Regional Assessment Center is a small step in the right direction as we begin to address this issue. We are in favor of the continued funding of the center (seven beds) and we solicit your support.
Janice Barrocas of the Juvenile Justice Fund, an ICM partner organization, says, “The House subcommittee chaired by Mark Butler has the 2009 budget. They are familiar with our request, and we are effectively engaging them on many levels about the importance of the regional assessment center to serve prostituted adolescents. Soon the House recommendations will be final. From there the budget moves to the Senate where we could definitely use your help raising awareness.”
What can you do? · Learn more about the situation at www.afuturenotapast.org. · Educate your faith community about the condition. · Contact your legislator by phone, by letter and in person. Start phone-in, e-mail and letter-writing campaigns to the legislators who represent the district of your faith community. · Request a personal meeting with your legislator to discuss why your faith community supports this cause.
The Appropriations Health Subcommittee
The members of the Health and Human Services Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee: Senator Renee Unterman, (District 45), Don Thomas, M.D.(54), Greg Goggans (7), Johnny Grant (25). Steve Henson (41), Eric Johnson (1), Nancy Schaefer (50 ), Valencia Seay (34), Cecil Staton (18), Horacena Tate ( 38 )
More About the Assessment Center Budget Request:
February 25, 2008 - Janice Barrocas of the Juvenile Justice Fund, an ICM partner organization, says, “The House subcommittee chaired by Mark Butler has the 2009 budget. They are familiar with our request, and we are effectively engaging them on many levels about the importance of the regional assessment center to serve prostituted adolescents. Soon the House recommendations will be final. From there the budget moves to the Senate where we could definitely use your help raising awareness.”
This is ICM’s position on this assessment center budget request:
There is no such thing as a child prostitute. Countless girls are coerced, abused, and forced to live a life of exploitation at the hands of predators. It is time for the child victims of prostitution and trafficking to have a future…not a past.
Continued FY 2009 Funding of $560,000 for the Regional Assessment Center is a small step in the right direction as we begin to address this issue. I am in favor of the continued funding of the center (seven beds) and I solicit your support.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Georgia
From ICM partner, The Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic of Emory University:
The exploitation of children through prostitution is big business in Atlanta, and changing this situation has been a priority for Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin throughout her time in office. In 2005, the Mayor's office published a paper titled Hidden In Plain View which explained the problem of commercial sexual exploitation of young girls in Atlanta, brought the importance of addressing the issue home by providing stories of real victims, and identified Atlanta's strengths and areas of need related to this problem.
A new paper entitled Commercial Exploitation of Children in Georgia: Service Delivery and Legislative Recommendations for State and Local Policy Makers builds on that foundation, but expands the scope to include all child victims, including boys, across Georgia. It examines approaches taken by other jurisdictions to address the commercial sexual exploitation of children, and makes legislative and policy recommendations for addressing the problem in Georgia. The link above is: http://childwelfare.net/activities/legislative2008/CSEC20080131.html
Advocacy Request: (Information from ICM 2008 E-Newsletters)
Regional Assessment Center for Child Victims of Prostitution and Trafficking
FY2009 Budget Request
February 18, 2008: The Interfaith Children’s Movement supports our partners- the Juvenile Justice Fund and the Barton Clinic at Emory University- in advocating for inclusion of $560,000 in the FY 2009 budget for a Regional Assessment for Child Victims of Prostitution and Trafficking..
What you Can Say: There is no such thing as a child prostitute. Countless girls are coerced, abused, and forced to live a life of exploitation at the hands of predators. It is time for the child victims of prostitution and trafficking to have a future…not a past.
Continued FY 2009 Funding of $560,000 for the Regional Assessment Center is a small step in the right direction as we begin to address this issue. I am in favor of the continued funding of the center and I solicit your support.
Important Background Information: Metropolitan Atlanta has become a national hub for child prostitution and trafficking. More adolescent girls in Georgia are harmed by prostitution each month than are killed in car accidents each year.
An ongoing independent tracking study indicates that more than 250 adolescent girls were being commercially sexually exploited in Georgia- just in the month of November 2007 alone.
These young girls, the true victims of child prostitution, are arrested and detained in juvenile detention centers. The pimps and the johns, the true criminals and profiteers, are safely walking the streets- perpetuating the sexual exploitation of adolescent girls in our State.
Children who have been trafficked and commercially sexually exploited need appropriate therapeutic services to recover from this abuse and grow into productive citizens. And more importantly, the victims are able to reconstruct their lives, building a future…not a past.
The Regional Assessment Center will provide the therapeutic services needed to establish seven dedicated assessment beds, including case management, education, psychological treatment, rehabilitation, room and board.
$700,000 was requested in the FY2008 budget and the funding received was only $140,000. $560,000 is requested in the FY2009 to continue funding for the center.
IT IS TIME TO REDUCE, AND ULTIMATELY ELIMINATE, THE PROSTITUTION OF CHILDREN IN GEORGIA. IT IS TIME FOR THE CHILD VICTIMS OF PROSTITUTION TO HAVE A FUTURE…NOT A PAST. PLEASE CONTACT THE HOUSE AND SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT THE BUDGET REQUEST FOR AN URGENTLY NEEDED ASSESSMENT CENTER FOR CHILD VICTIMS OF PROSTITUTION AND TRAFFICKING.
Barton Child Policy and Law Clinic's Legislative Recommendations