As the number one city in the United States for sex trafficking, Atlanta is home to a staggering 12,400 transactions each month. The House of Cherith serves as a safe and refreshing home for victims of sex exploitation and trafficking.
Our Sex Trafficking Problem
After the drug trade, sex trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world. According to a federally funded study from the Urban Institute, Atlanta has been named the “Sex Trafficking Capital of the United States,” where an estimated 12,400 transactions happen each month. In this heinous market, young boys and girls – typically between the ages of 11 and 14 – are sold into a life of sexual abuse in the name of big profits.
A few key insights from a study (2003-2007) conducted by the Urban Institute include:
- Atlanta was home to a staggering $290 million spent on sex trafficking, while the next closest city was Miami at $235 million.
- The majority of pimps in Atlanta reported controlling 4 or 5 women.
- Atlanta pimps reported making $25,000 each week in 2003, but this number skyrocketed in 2007 to almost $33,000 each week. Denver pimps reported making $31,000 a week, while Miami pimps reported $17,000.
- The majority of pimps charge by time, not the sex act. Atlanta’s average is anywhere from $50 to $1,000 every hour.
Instead of flying to Bangkok, nefarious individuals can find their sex child right here in Atlanta. According to the Urban Institute Atlanta’s sex-trafficking trade jumped 10% in a 5-year period. During this same period, Miami’s sex trade decreased from $320 million to $235 million. Part of Atlanta’s problem can be attributed to our Jackson-Hartsfield International Airport, where convenient flight routes make it a hot spot for the sexual exploitation.
Our Sex Trafficking Solution
The House of Cherith serves as a safe and refreshing home for victims of sex exploitation and trafficking. The goal of House of Cherith is to provide women with the opportunity for rescue, restoration, and a chance to start a new life.
The House of Cherith Safe-House is designed as a 30-day program for rescue victims who are then placed in long-term programs around the country. While we have several goals for the Safe-House, some of our key desirable outcomes are:
- Allow victims to stay at City of Refuge for up to 30 days
- Transfer victims to a long-term care facility that offers restorative care, job training and life skills development
- Minimize the number of women who return to the sex trafficking lifestyle
- Increase the percentage of women we follow up with in 30, 60, 90 day intervals
City of Refuge has partnered with law enforcement agencies and other rescue programs, to activate rescue teams.
2015 was spent constructing COR’s House of Cherith full-service Recovery and Rehabilitation facility. This beautiful 14-bedroom, 7-bath home provides a 12-month program designed for healing and restoration of the “most difficult to place” victims of sex trafficking. The home has been completed and is now open to residents.