Child sex trafficking, or the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), is an economic crime whereby a young person is purchased for sex. CSEC is part of the larger prostitution industry, which means the "buyers" of trafficked children are "buyers" of prostitution. In economic terms, this is the demand side of the trafficking equation. Historically the criminal justice system has focused on arresting prostitute individuals, which does nothing to eliminate the problem and is a traumatic experience for a trafficking victim. This is beginning to change, as law enforcement around the country are starting to focus on buyers of prostitution, as they are the ones who fuel sex trafficking. No buyers, no business... no trafficking.
In short, you simply cannot discern trafficking victims from other individuals when you try to pay for sex with young people. Children as young as 13 are advertised online for sex, but are typically listed as 20, 21, or 22 years old. It sounds hard to believe that a 13 year-old could pass for 21 online, but it happens far too often. Approximately 1 in 10 young individuals in the sex trade are under the age of 18. Our database identifies caller IDs that have been used to contact decoy ads for young people in prostitution advertisements. In our outreach with adolescent victims of commercial exploitation, we know that minors entangled in the sex trade often "lie up" about their age in order to avoid detection by the police.
Our database only confirms that a caller ID was used to call or send a text message to one our decoy prostitution ads. Although we have confirmation of contact with one of our decoy ads, we cannot confirm if the owner of the phone number has ever completed a transaction in an illegal paid sex marketplace.
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Having intercourse with any person under the age of 16 years is a felony that carries prison time. OCGA§ 16-6-3. A person who is 21 and commits this crime will be sentenced to at least 10 years in prison.
Here are the primary legal charges that result from initiating sexually arousing, intimate contact with someone under the age of 18:
- Child molestation: Doing any “immoral or indecent act” to or in the presence of (or with) any child under the age of 16 years with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either partner. Fondling, petting, rubbing, fooling around, etc. could all technically fall into this category. A first offense carries a sentence of at least five years in prison and publication of your picture on the Internet and years of restrictions as a sex offender.
Sodomy is any act involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another. OCGA§ 16-6-2. Oral sex is sodomy.
Aggravated child molestation is child molestation that results in physical injury to the victim or that involves an act of sodomy. Any act of oral sex with a person under the age of 16 could be charged as aggravated child molestation. A person 13 years or older charged with aggravated child molestation will be charged as an adult in superior court and will face a prison sentence of 25 years minimum without parole.
- Aggravated sodomy is sodomy that involves force or coercion or involves a victim less than 10 years old. Is the victim too drunk or drugged to really know what is going on? If so, a prosecutor could charge someone who takes advantage of that person with aggravated sodomy. A person 13 years or older charged with aggravated sodomy will be charged as an adult in superior court and will face a prison sentence of 25 years minimum without parole.
- Sending explicit emails, text messages, or voicemails to a person under 18 is illegal and you may be prosecuted. OCGA§§ 16-12-100,100.1
- When the teen is under 16 or if the photos are extremely explicit and are distributed, the District Attorney can charge offenders with a felony carrying a significant prison sentence of up to 20 years. OCGA§§ 16-12-100,100.2.