The following information is from the Post and Courier
Clemson University researchers reviewed three years’ worth of kidnapping and prostitution cases in Greenville County and determined that 20 percent contained signs of human trafficking. Link
At least 22 men and women with South Carolina connections have been charged with human trafficking in the three years since South Carolina passed a law making it a felony Link
Since then, 99 potential sex trafficking cases in the state have been reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center through phone calls, emails or online tips. Just over a dozen sex trafficking arrests have been reported in South Carolina during that same time period. Link
Girls forced into prostitution are often expected to fill quotas of $500 to $1,000 a night, seven days a week under penalty of physical retaliation, according to a Polaris study. And, the study states, an average pimp controlling four girls could make $632,000 annually. Link
In August of 2012, Daniel Obrian Burton was arrested outside of the Motel 6 on Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC. See article below.
January 2013-South Carolina is one of four states that is being federally investigated and 12 people have been charged with trafficking women and girls. U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver said in a statement, “In what essentially amounts to slavery in the year 2013, the conduct described in the indictment against these defendants is reprehensible. Human trafficking is a cancer facing our society. This indictment confirms that the United States Attorney’s Office and other federal and state law enforcement agencies are taking an aggressive stand to stop the victimization of women involved in sex trafficking,”
Trafficking is a transient crime. According to law enforcement, what is happening in Georgia is also happening in SC.
Atlanta is in the top 3 cities in the US and one of the top in the world for child exploitation. (FBI Congressional Testimony of Chris Swecker, June 7, 2005)
495 girls are exploited in Atlanta per month. (Alex Trouted, PHD, Contract Researcher, Governor’s Office for Children and Families, Kirsten Widner, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Feb. 28, 2010) The Georgia Demand Study estimates 7,200 men knowingly or unknowingly pay for sex with adolescent females each month in the state. 28,000 men per year pay for sex with underage females – nearly 10,000 doing it multiple times per year. (Georgia Demand Study, 2009 by Schapiro Group, Atl., Ga.)
There are approximately 3 million adult men in Georgia. 23% have purchased sex with females, and 20,700 men do so every month. (Georgia Demand Study, 2009 by Schapiro Group, Atl., Ga.)
The US is one of the top 3 destination countries for women and children to be sexually exploited.
In 2005, the Department of Justice reported that there have been an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 sex slaves in the US since 2001.
An estimated 300,000 American children are at risk to be trafficked into the sex industry. (US Department of State)
There are girls as young as 5 and 6 years old in the US that are forced to do sexual acts for economic gain by their pimp. (USDOJ)
1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before she is 18 years old. (Center for Disease Control – December 2005)
The average life expectancy of a child involved in prostitution is seven years. Homicide and HIV/AIDS are the primary cause of death. (Demand: A comparative examination of sex tourism and trafficking in Jamaica, The Netherlands, and the US.)
Between 14,500 and 17,500 victims are trafficked into the US each year. (TVPA)
AROUND THE WORLD Worldwide, there are nearly two million children in the commerical sex trade. (UNICEF)
Approximately 80% of sex trafficking victims are women and girls, and up to 50% are minors. (US Department of State)
Half of all victims are children. (Forbes, Link – Feb. 11, 2013) Approximately 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. (UNICEF)
161 countries are affected by human trafficking. (UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking)
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reports that 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported to them in 2014 were likely sex trafficking victims. That is up from 1 in 7 in 2013.
Shared Hope International, an international anti-trafficking non-profit, lists that the common age a child enters into sex trafficking is 14-16 years old.
As many as 2.8 million children run away each year in the U.S. within 48 hours of hitting the streets, one-third of these children are lured of recruited into the underground world of prostitution and pornography. (The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)
** Information complied from the Polaris Project and Out of Darkness seminar.