Georgia Demand Study

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Georgia Demand Study

It is widely understood that because the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is commercial, it is partly explainable through the basic economic principle of “supply and demand.” Within these criminal marketplaces, adolescent victims are the “supply,” and the men who purchase them are the “demand.” Understanding CSEC through this framework is transformative, as eliminating demand will prevent the production of (or desire for) supply. Conversely, simply eliminating supply will do nothing to prevent demand.
 
youthSpark commissioned the Georgia Demand Study, a first-of-its-kind that uncovers the buyers who comprise demand in Georgia.
 

Key Findings From the Study Include:

  • Most buyers find adolescent victims online.
  • 65% of buyers live in the suburban metro area. This is not simply a “City of Atlanta” problem.
  • It is a myth that CSEC is perpetrated by a small number of sexual predators.
  • 12,400 men each month in Georgia pay for sex with a young female; 7,200 end up exploiting adolescents.
  • Each adolescent female is exploited on average 3 times per day.
  • Just under half of all buyers are willing to pay for sex for a young female, even with three warning signs she is an adolescent.
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