CSEC in Atlanta

CSEC in Atlanta

 

  1. The Schapiro Group (2010). Men Who Buy Sex With Adolescent Girls: A Scientific Research Study. Atlanta, GA: The Schapiro Group.
     
    This report details the first-of-its-kind study that quantifies, describes, and understands adult men who sexually exploit adolescent females in Georgia. The data debunk the myth that CSEC is an urban problem. Not only are 65% of men who buy sex with young females doing so in and around suburban metro Atlanta, but 9% of men who buy sex with young females in metro Atlanta gave their location as near the airport. This finding is consistent with advocates’ claims that travel and tourism play a major role in sustaining CSEC.Almost half these men are the age 30-39, with the next largest group being men under age 30. The mean age is 33 and the median 31.While many of the men who exploit these children are not seeking adolescent females per se, the study also shows that just under half are willing to pay for sex with a young female even when they know for sure she is an adolescent.Local, state, and national lawmakers need to be made aware of the magnitude of the demand for CSEC, as well as the nature of the demand. Advocates need to debunk the myth that CSEC is perpetrated by a small number of “sexual predators.”
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  2. Trouteaud, A. (2015). Adolescent Males in Atlanta’s Sex Trade and Their Buyers. Atlanta, GA: youthSpark.
     
    This study estimates the number of young males – including adolescents under age 18 – involved in the metro Atlanta sex trade during a 4-week period in January and February, 2015. Data collected directly from males selling sex confirm that minors are actively commercially sexually exploited in the local sex trade. This study estimates that 8.6% of all males in the metro Atlanta sex trade are under age 18, a percentage similar to findings by Marcus et al. (2014) where researchers observed that approximately 10% of providers ages 16-24 in Atlantic City’s sex trade were under age 18. The majority of individuals who interacted with our ad for a young male came from metro Atlanta, outside of the perimeter freeway (OTP). About 1 in 6 individuals who interacted with the ad were geocoded to outside of the state of Georgia. Technological changes, namely the advent of app-based online services, will dramatically change the prostitution market in coming years. Not only will these changes affect how buyers connect with providers in the sex trade, but they will also force law enforcement to adopt newer, more advanced investigative techniques for identifying exploiters.
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