It truly took a community effort to build this community of tiny houses. More than 40 businesses donated materials and labor. Every Saturday 50 to 100 volunteers, many from local churches, would show up to help.
While in production of “Blind Eyes Opened,” a documentary about the truth of sex trafficking in America through the mouths of survivors. Geoff Rogers met Kevin Malone, former general manager of the Dodgers. The two of them began asking why, with thousands of nonprofits in the fight against trafficking in the U.S., were we losing the battle.
In Atlanta, GA. more than 25 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as seven non-government organizations cooperated together to apprehend traffickers, according to an FBI announcement Tuesday. Law enforcement made 169 arrests between Jan. 23 and Feb. 2, according to the FBI.
Among those arrested in Atlanta, GA. before the Super Bowl were 26 suspects alleged to be sex traffickers and 34 suspects who allegedly attempted to engage in sex acts with minors, according to the FBI. Nine juvenile victims of sex trafficking were rescued, including a 14-year-old.
Police in Atlanta, Georgia, have arrested 40 people as they investigate human trafficking around the weekend’s Super Bowl sports event in the US. Four victims have rescued including two minors. The annual event – like many large scale gatherings around the world – is known to attract traffickers who exploit their victims through forced prostitution. Churches from the US-based Episcopal Church have taken part in a campaign to help reach out to potential victims.
Three days before Super Bowl LIII, 33 people were arrested for sex trafficking in the Atlanta area. The city hosts Super Bowl LIII on Sunday. Atlanta, GA. is also considered one of the biggest hubs of sex trafficking nationwide.
“It’s not necessarily about football or the NFL,” says Courtney Dow, an outreach coordinator for the Atlanta-based nonprofit Dream Center. “It’s just about when groups of men get together, usually trafficking and exploitation increases. “They’re on vacation, their wives and girlfriends aren’t with them, and it’s also a boys’ club, and it’s time for boys to boys.”
With Super Bowl LIII just a week away and the city of Atlanta seeing an influx of visitors over the next week; human trafficking experts believe the problem may be growing with the crowds. But advocates are also stepping up their efforts to identify and help those who may be being trafficked…The Soap Project is an initiative that places bars of soap and wipes with the number to the human trafficking hotline in places where those who are being trafficked may frequent.
Shaela Latrece Chatman of Riverdale, GA. is accused of taking two teenage girls to the Gwinnett Pointe apartment complex where she allegedly set up the meetings and prices online for the girls, ages 14 and 15, and then drove them “to dates located at hotels, apartments and houses,”
As Atlanta readies for the Super Bowl, the school system is amping up efforts to train teachers and inform students about the risk of human trafficking. Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said students are in danger of being sexually exploited every day, and the Super Bowl is one more event that increases that risk.
A line of school buses with new decals to draw attention to human trafficking make their way on a road in Atlanta, GA. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The Georgia attorney general used the new decals on dozens of school buses.
An Atlanta, Georgia-based faith organization dedicated to eradicating child sex trafficking is using technology to help victims of the crime receive help and even prevent them from entering what could be a lifetime of degradation and tragedy. The Super Bowl brings millions of people into the city and sex trafficking will ebb and flow with the event, just like business at restaurants, bars and adult establishments.”
Human trafficking. Modern-day slavery. Human smuggling. Sex trafficking. These are all things that happen in faraway places and are not part of my world — or so I thought. During the 2018 election cycle, I was shocked to see candidates’ ads about stopping human trafficking in Atlanta. “Atlanta?!” I thought. Yes, Atlanta.
Because Atlanta ranks among the top U.S. cities for human trafficking, The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta is calling upon our city’s officials, leaders, businesses and citizens to band together to rescue and prevent the exploitations of the 4,000 victims per year.
A Lithonia man who is known as World was sentenced to spend at least 30 years in prison after he was convicted of several charges related to sex trafficking and drug possession, according to the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office.