In our generation, people all over the world are involved in sex trafficking; especially in Georgia. Many times, people think that sex trafficking mainly takes places in other countries or even places they are not familiar with. However, sex trafficking takes place anywhere and everywhere. Sex trafficking should be taken more seriously and should be prevented. People do not understand that sex trafficking not only takes place in your area, but it could be taking place right in front of you without you being aware. For example; at a local cheerleading competition in Atlanta, a girl was being followed by a group of males who were aware of the competition being held locally. The parents were finally able to determine what the males were aiming to do. The parents quickly sped up as the males noticed and tried to carry on a conversation with the parents to prevent any trouble.
Sex trafficking is one of the biggest issues in Atlanta and is many times left unnoticed. However; in today’s society, workers in highly populated areas are being trained for what to look for. Flight attendants are now required to search the plane for passengers who look as if they are frightened or even nervous and may have bruises in case of a sex trafficking situation. Sex trafficking can be noticed if you are aware of what you are looking for and if you are looking in the right areas. Trafficking is beginning to become an issue more than it ever was. Georgia now is ranked in the top ten for high sex trafficking issues. On January nineteenth of two thousand eighteen, Georgia ranked number six for problems with sex trafficking; while, Savannah is the most issued city (Howard). Even though Savannah is ranked the most issued city, Atlanta is becoming an extremely issued city as well.
Atlanta is one of the most issued cities due to the conventions that are being held in the Georgia World Congress Center, the world’s busiest airport (Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International airport), Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and many more populated areas in the state of Georgia. Sex trafficking is a problem that many may not notice due to the fact that situations may look normal or even just because it occurs in a populated area. Many people argue that it only occurs in other countries or dangerous locations; however, it happens everywhere. “Taylor says sex trafficking can happen anywhere. She says it can happen where young people hang out, bus stations, restaurants, and even schools” (Howard). If business were taught for what to look for, similar to flight attendants, employers would be able to prevent sex trafficking and maybe even put a stop to it.
The state of Georgia not only has had increases in sex trafficking, but is not being looked upon as well as it should be. Plans have been put into place to prevent and to try to stop sex trafficking, but trafficking is becoming an even bigger problem. “The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) was authorized in 2000 and was the first federal law to address sex trafficking and labor trafficking in the United States. The TVPA focused on the prevention for trafficking survivors as well as prosecution for traffickers” (Jesionka). An act was then produced to prevent and stop sex trafficking; although, the act was then updated multiple times but never was effective for the purposes that it was meant to act upon. “But the TVPRA expired in 2011, and is in need of an update to keep up with the rapidly evolving landscape of human trafficking” (Jesionka). Human trafficking has been growing more rapidly than Georgia can keep up with, so the attempt to prevent and to stop trafficking has been an issue. Sex trafficking may be hard to notice, but it is not completely unnoticeable.
Victims of sex trafficking are many times kidnapped, beaten, treated poorly, etc., but are taught to keep quiet. Those that live in the state of Georgia should be taught the warning signs and reactions for those being affected by sex trafficking. Today traffickers are using technology in multiple ways in order to come into contact with children. Social media including snapchat, Instagram, twitter, and many more are allowing predators to hide their identity, determine the exact location of a user, and to even advertise a brand in which they use to trick their victims. Parents around the world should be monitoring their children’s electronics as well keeping an eye on their children at all times. Predators generally go after children once they have noticed that a child has separated from their parents or guardians. Trafficking affects people of all ages. “The FBI estimates that over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from nine to 19, with the average being age 11. Many victims are not just runaways or abandoned, but are from “good” families who are coerced by clever traffickers” (Monique Burr). Due to the fact that children coming from “good” families are even being taken as sex trafficking victims, just shows that the state of Georgia or even the United States should be doing something to further prevent the trafficking issues.
Possible solutions to prevent or put sex trafficking to a halt would be to monitor social media accounts, provide higher security in highly populated areas, allow employers that are knowledgeable on trafficking to spectate, etc. There are many possible solutions to human trafficking; although, they are not taken to extreme measures in which they should be. As the cases of human trafficking grow, the more that extreme measures should be put into place. In the year of 2017, there were 398 calls and 150 trafficking cases reported to the NHTRC of the state of Georgia (Trafficking Hotline). This just demonstrates how extreme the cases are in the state of Georgia and the need for a prevention or solution to sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is not taken nearly as serious as it should be and is unnoticed by many. Many are fully aware of the issue; however, individuals do not look for the signs of a victim. Sex trafficking is a much bigger issue than what the state of Georgia makes it out to be.
Howard, Crystal. Georgia ranks number 6 for sex trafficking; Savannah a hotspot. 19 January 2018. 19 February 2018. <http://www.wtoc.com/story/37307080/georgia-ranks-number-6-for-sex-trafficking-savannah-a-hotspot>.
Jesionka, Natalie. What’s Being Done to Stop Human Trafficking? . n.d. 19 February 2018. <https://www.themuse.com/advice/whats-being-done-to-stop-human-trafficking>.
Monique Burr. Why You Should be Concerned About Human Trafficking. n.d. 19 February 2018. <https://mbfchildsafetymatters.org/2017/01/10/concerned-human-trafficking/>.
Trafficking Hotline. Georgia. n.d. 19 February 2018. <https://humantraffickinghotline.org/state/georgia>.