02/27/2012

Ga. officers addressing growing human trafficking problem

Atlanta one of 14 cities with highest number of child prostitutes in U.S.

By Rhonda Cook
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — The market for enslaved workers and prostitutes has prospered in the shadows of Atlanta and other major cities, but local, state and federal authorities have begun to aggressively hunt and prosecute those who trade in human beings.

Human trafficking catches many in its web — from children and adults forced into the sex trade, to people who come to the United States for jobs as nannies or restaurant workers but find themselves trapped. They can be people smuggled from other countries as well as disenfranchised young U.S. citizens.

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