Which U.S. City Ranks No. 1 in Sex Trafficking?

A new federal study looked at the sex economies of several major U.S. cities.

A new federal study says Atlanta had the country's largest sex trade. Courtesy of The Atlanta Facing Team
A new federal study says Atlanta had the country's largest sex trade. Courtesy of The Atlanta Facing Team
By Deb Belt

A study of sex trafficking around the United States ranked the metro Atlanta area No. 1, in part because of the many conventions held in the city.

The report, conducted by Washington D.C.'s Urban Institute for the U.S. Justice Department, looked at the sex trade in eight major American cities and found that Atlanta had the largest sex trade between 2003 and 2007.

"Atlanta went from $232 million to $290 million over that five year span," Meredith Dank, the lead author for the report, told WSB Radio. As a comparison, $290 million is more than the revenue generated by metro Atlanta's illegal drug and gun trade combined.

Atlanta's revenue also was far above any other city studied, with Miami second at $200 million. Denver's sex trade was worth $40 million, San Diego's $97 million and Dallas' $99 million. Seattle came in at $112 million and Washington, D.C. at $103 million.

Why is Atlanta No. 1? Dank says the many events and conventions bring people to town with lots of time and money. Some escorts charge more than $1,000 per hour.

One pimp the researchers spoke with in Atlanta made, on average, about $33,000 a week, according to the WSB story.

According to FBI statistics, Atlanta ranks among the top 14 cities in the United States for domestic minor sex trafficking. And some 300 girls across Atlanta are lured into trafficking every month.   

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TheSkalawag March 24, 2014 at 09:12 AM
Wes Mix you jump to a number of conclusions that I don't see any evidence for. One that anyone that wants to extend a helping hand to someone in need also wants to create an "entitlement". Two that EVERYONE that needs a helping hand needs one because they are lazy and just want something for nothing. Three that they are all criminals. Four that they all live in "that certain decaying, rotting, and violent substratum of American society." I say that you are wrong on all counts. Number Four I find particularly ominous. ----- I think that a work for help program partnership between society and the business community is a great idea that would work. I also think that it would be more readily acceptable across the board without all the right-wing propaganda and dog whistles attached. ----- I am in favor of giving tax breaks for businesses, but only for businesses that create jobs that pay enough to get people out of the programs. And I am for tax breaks to businesses as a reward not an inducement. If a business creates jobs that pay a living wage they get a tax break. The better the jobs created the larger the tax break I would back.
TheSkalawag March 24, 2014 at 09:43 AM
"Sk - I remember years ago when many big companies began providing daycare on their facilities. I wonder if that is still being done." ----- I don't know but I agree it was and is a good idea. I hope that it is still offered.
Good Grief Y'all March 24, 2014 at 06:19 PM
Skalawag, good old positive reinforcement where businesses and tax breaks for them are concerned would go a long way toward solving many ills . . . as a reward, not an inducement as you say. They should not be prepaid. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am all for businesses, big companies - especially where the workers have a long commute - providing quality daycare on site for their employees - female or male parents. Give 'em a tax break for that! Families would be all the healthier for such programs.
Tammy Osier March 24, 2014 at 11:20 PM
The epidemic of child trafficking +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++===== http://www.newsmax.com/Reagan/Child-Trafficking-foster-care/2014/03/24/id/561331/
TheSkalawag March 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Tammy pointing out another facet of an ever growing problem is not a solution. What do you propose we do? These children are being born into circumstances they have NO control over and society appears to have no compunction to address.


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