Starting this fall, students in a pilot program for Georgia high schools are set to start learning about child sex trafficking. It’s part of a trend that may make Georgia a leader in fighting the crime.
“Georgia has one of the most prevalent problems in the country” with child sex trafficking, in part because the state is a major crossroad of freeways and airlines, said Joel Thornton, chief of staff at the Georgia Department of Education and organizer of a May 13 and 14 sex trafficking conference attended by 324 school personnel, mainly from Georgia. Thornton has organized similar conferences before, but this one is the biggest so far.
“The thing that surprised me most when I started looking into this two or three years ago was that it was a lot more Georgia kids than I thought,” said Thornton. “I had assumed it was international kids passing through our airport.”
Source: Youth Today