With beautiful scenery, rich culture and history, career opportunities and an array of events, Atlanta is a great place to live. Add in access to the busiest airport in the country, and you have a recipe for perfection.
But no place is perfect. Hidden in dark alleys, dirty hotel rooms and sometimes in a park in the middle of the day, Atlanta has an ugly, secret—one that needs to be revealed and destroyed.
What is this great crime of our amazing capital? Human trafficking, sometimes referred to as modern-day slavery. There are many forms of modern day slavery, all horrific, but maybe the most horrific of all is when children are bought and sold to be sex slaves.
What does this have to do with Atlanta? According to the United States Department of Justice, Atlanta is “one of 14 U.S. cities with the highest levels of sex trafficking of children.” The many venues that we hold dear – the places we see our favorite football team and our favorite band-these busy hubs provide an easy arena to target, buy and sell children.
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport not only allows us to fly out for a weekend getaway; it also allows traffickers a place to meet people from all over the globe to exchange a person’s life for money.
Atlanta is a great city; one that would be even greater if it were not one of the top cities for human trafficking.
We can make a difference and put an end to modern day slavery.
Be aware of this travesty that is happening all around you. Educate yourself, get involved and help stop human trafficking. Let’s make Atlanta clean.