Sex Trafficking

Fighting The ‘Invisible Street’ Of Sex Trafficking: A Talk With youthSpark’s Jennifer Swain

A placard of a child sits on a table during a conference on human sex trafficking Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 in Atlanta. The Georgia Department of Education estimates that about 5,000 girls in the state are at risk for human sex trafficking each year, and many of those children spend some time in a public school. That's why the state brought in law enforcement experts from Scotland Yard on Monday to talk to 30 educators from across the state about how to identify when a student is a victim of human trafficking and how to help them. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A placard of a child sits on a table during a conference on human sex trafficking Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 in Atlanta. The Georgia Department of Education estimates that about 5,000 girls in the state are at risk for human sex trafficking each year, and many of those children spend some time in a public school. That's why the state brought in law enforcement experts from Scotland Yard on Monday to talk to 30 educators from across the state about how to identify when a student is a victim of human trafficking and how to help them. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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On Monday, Johns Creek police arrested 15 people in a two-day operation targeting sex work. It included an arrest of a man who is charged with seeking sex with a minor.

Over the years police stings like the one in Johns Creek have rescued many minors and adults forced into sex trafficking. It’s also netted the arrests of traffickers and buyers. But authorities and advocates working to bring awareness about sex trafficking admit there’s a lot more to do.

youthSpark, an organization established in 2012 to help the thousands of young people and families in Atlanta, works to end child sex trafficking by focusing on both the supply and demand side of the issue. 

youthSpark’s Interim Director Jennifer Swain came to “A Closer Look to discuss the state of sex trafficking and the new “virtual street” of the crime with hosts Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer.

To hear Swain’s full interview, detailing legislation to provide funding for victims and how Georgia fares compared to other states on the issue, click below.

The condensed version of the interview, in which Jennifer Swain talks about how “virtual street” of the internet affects child sex trafficking:

The full interview on “A Closer Look”: