Educating Men in the Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking
It’s not an easy conversation by any means talking about the prostitution of children.
As part of WABE’s continuing coverage of sex trafficking here in Atlanta, this report takes a look at the challenges of getting more men involved as advocates.
Each year 28,000 men pay for sex with adolescent females in Georgia.
Of that, 10,000 purchase sex with adolescent females multiple times a year.
According to the research by the Shapiro Group, the typical buyer is a white, middle-age upper middle class man that lives in the Northern perimeter outside I-285.
Buzz Brockway realizes he may know some of these men.
“Some of them might be some my constituents, some of them might be people I go to church with and that’s the scary part about it.”
Brockway a state representative from Lawrenceville, was part of recent a panel assembled to educate the Jewish community on the sexual exploitation of minors.
Brockway concedes talking about child sex trafficking to other men is complex.
He says sexual attitudes some men have towards women make that conversation difficult.
“To me it’s the other half of the coin; we can’t say oh it’s wrong to buy sex from young girls that are under age, but it’s okay to buy sex from a woman. I think that one thing leads to the other.”
Kirk Dornbush agrees.
He sits on the board of The Temple, Atlanta’s oldest synagogue.
“We think about how we grew up as young kids and adolescent kids and all the things that were said in the locker room and the fraternity houses, we probably can’t say on radio here.
But what’s really going on there is the objectification of women, it’s quite frankly the dehumanization of women. ”
And that’s why Rep. Buzz Brockway and Kirk Dornbush say they are committed to educating men about the prostitution of children.
Dornbush knows it won’t be easy.
“So one of the things Buzz and I are going to work on together is to try to come up with some training and traveling to rotary and Kiwanis and the men’s clubs and the different churches and talking about this issue.
So, I don’t know what the questions will be, how well they’ll receive it because unfortunately we haven’t done it yet.”