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SEX TRAFFICKING
A Hidden Problem in Georgia and Across the U.S.
What is Sex Trafficking?
Sex trafficking is the act of forcing a person through
violence, threats, debt, or coercion into commercial
sex acts. This is a major problem across the globe,
in the U.S., and in our own home state. In the pages
that follow, we’ll provide some basic information on
this illegal trade and what victims can do for justice.
Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
Where Does Sex Trafficking Happen?
Sex trafficking can happen in any corner of the
U.S., including all parts of Georgia. Atlanta has
been a hotbed of sex trafficking activity for
many years. Children are often forced or
coerced into sex trafficking
through intimidation, kidnapping, blackmail or
the promise of financial reward.
Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
Who are the Victims?
Victims can come from any walk of life, though they tend to
be young women, many of whom live in poverty. Traffickers
often exploit the most vulnerable to bring them into the
illegal sex trade. Immigrants are a prime target because
they might not speak English or have a legal means of
earning an income.
Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
The Scope of the Problem
 In the U.S., around 300,000 children are victimized by child
traffickers annually. Many are forced into sex trafficking.
 The black-market commercial sex economy in Atlanta alone is
reportedly valued at around $290 million a year, and traffickers
make an average of $33,000 each week.
 Research suggests that Georgia ranks sixth in the nation for cases of
human trafficking.
 There were 3,186 sex trafficking cases reported in Georgia in 2017.
Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
The Impact of Sex Trafficking
 Physical injuries
 Post-traumatic stress disorder
 Depression
 Anxiety
 Shame
 Suicidal thoughts
 Difficulties forming relationships and trust with others
Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
What Can Be Done?
The authorities are responsible for punishing traffickers
through our criminal justice system. State and federal law
enforcement officers often coordinate their efforts to
identify sex trafficking rings and bring perpetrators to
justice. Victims can also file lawsuits against traffickers to
get payment for the many damages they have suffered.
Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
How Civil Litigation Can Help
Victims Get Justice
While criminal matters are handled through our
criminal justice system, lawsuits can be filed in civil
courts by the victims of sex trafficking. In many
cases, victims can retain their anonymity and file a
claim against all the parties responsible for their
abuse to seek payment for the costs they are facing.
Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
Damages in Civil Litigation
When someone files a lawsuit, they are typically demanding payment from
the person who caused them harm. That payment is called “damages,” and
it can include…
 Medical expenses
 Lost income (past and future)
 Pain and suffering, such as PTSD or depression
 Loss of enjoyment of life
 Other non-economic damages.
Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
Contact the Stoddard Law Firm to
Learn More
The Stoddard Law Firm stands up for the rights of
sex trafficking victims. We want to hold traffickers
accountable for the harm they’ve caused victims
and their loved ones. If you or someone you know
has been forced or coerced into the sex trade, you
should know that you have legal options available.
Contact the Georgia sex trafficking attorneys at the
Stoddard Law Firm today to speak to our team.
Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
Organizations You Can Call
If you know that someone is in immediate danger,
call 911 as soon as possible. To report potential
cases of human trafficking, call the National Human
Trafficking Hotline toll-free at 1-888-373-7888. To
report cases of missing children or child
pornography, contact the National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children through their
Cybertipline or by calling 1-800-843-5678.
Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.

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Sex Trafficking: A Hidden Problem in Georgia and Across the U.S.

  • 1. SEX TRAFFICKING A Hidden Problem in Georgia and Across the U.S.
  • 2. What is Sex Trafficking? Sex trafficking is the act of forcing a person through violence, threats, debt, or coercion into commercial sex acts. This is a major problem across the globe, in the U.S., and in our own home state. In the pages that follow, we’ll provide some basic information on this illegal trade and what victims can do for justice. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
  • 3. Where Does Sex Trafficking Happen? Sex trafficking can happen in any corner of the U.S., including all parts of Georgia. Atlanta has been a hotbed of sex trafficking activity for many years. Children are often forced or coerced into sex trafficking through intimidation, kidnapping, blackmail or the promise of financial reward. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
  • 4. Who are the Victims? Victims can come from any walk of life, though they tend to be young women, many of whom live in poverty. Traffickers often exploit the most vulnerable to bring them into the illegal sex trade. Immigrants are a prime target because they might not speak English or have a legal means of earning an income. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
  • 5. The Scope of the Problem  In the U.S., around 300,000 children are victimized by child traffickers annually. Many are forced into sex trafficking.  The black-market commercial sex economy in Atlanta alone is reportedly valued at around $290 million a year, and traffickers make an average of $33,000 each week.  Research suggests that Georgia ranks sixth in the nation for cases of human trafficking.  There were 3,186 sex trafficking cases reported in Georgia in 2017. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
  • 6. The Impact of Sex Trafficking  Physical injuries  Post-traumatic stress disorder  Depression  Anxiety  Shame  Suicidal thoughts  Difficulties forming relationships and trust with others Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
  • 7. What Can Be Done? The authorities are responsible for punishing traffickers through our criminal justice system. State and federal law enforcement officers often coordinate their efforts to identify sex trafficking rings and bring perpetrators to justice. Victims can also file lawsuits against traffickers to get payment for the many damages they have suffered. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
  • 8. How Civil Litigation Can Help Victims Get Justice While criminal matters are handled through our criminal justice system, lawsuits can be filed in civil courts by the victims of sex trafficking. In many cases, victims can retain their anonymity and file a claim against all the parties responsible for their abuse to seek payment for the costs they are facing. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
  • 9. Damages in Civil Litigation When someone files a lawsuit, they are typically demanding payment from the person who caused them harm. That payment is called “damages,” and it can include…  Medical expenses  Lost income (past and future)  Pain and suffering, such as PTSD or depression  Loss of enjoyment of life  Other non-economic damages. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
  • 10. Contact the Stoddard Law Firm to Learn More The Stoddard Law Firm stands up for the rights of sex trafficking victims. We want to hold traffickers accountable for the harm they’ve caused victims and their loved ones. If you or someone you know has been forced or coerced into the sex trade, you should know that you have legal options available. Contact the Georgia sex trafficking attorneys at the Stoddard Law Firm today to speak to our team. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
  • 11. Organizations You Can Call If you know that someone is in immediate danger, call 911 as soon as possible. To report potential cases of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free at 1-888-373-7888. To report cases of missing children or child pornography, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children through their Cybertipline or by calling 1-800-843-5678. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.