Boys in Metro Atlanta’s Sex Trade

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Boys in Metro Atlanta’s Sex Trade

It is common for research to focus on the exploitation of female victims. Findings from academic research and victim services providers on female victims have allowed Georgia leaders and advocates to better understand the magnitude and nature of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). However, focusing only on girls has inhibited recognition and knowledge about the prevalence of male CSEC victims. In 2015, youthSpark released the first ever scientific study of boys in metro Atlanta’s sex trade, greatly contributing to community and policy-maker knowledge on local CSEC patterns. The “boys” study has shined a light on a once-hidden portion of CSEC victims.

The “boys” study focuses on the largest venue for paid sex: the Internet. This is important not only because of the sheer volume of transactions that occur online, but also because buying online is least risky from an arrest perspective, and provides the buyer with the widest “inventory” and “delivery options.”
 

Key findings from the study include:

  • 8.6% of all males in the metro Atlanta sex trade are under the age of 18; 16.8% of males are under the age of 22.
  • Buyers for paid sex had a strong preference for “young males.”
  • Males under the age of 18 were found on all online classified websites.
  • The majority of young people involved in the sex trade come from suburban metro Atlanta, outside of I-285.
  • Coordinated responses at the state and even federal levels are required to address the issue.

 
The entire research report can be download here.

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