Father Involved in the Sex-Trafficking of Underage Minors

March 11, 2013

Douglass County, Georgia - Two men were arrested and charged with running a sex trafficking ring in Georgia. They ran a trafficking ring which solicited underage male minors, some as young as fifteen.  Through coercion and force their victims unwillingly were led into "the life" of sex trade with clients found online.

One client, in particular, was a 44 year old father of two, who for two months had been responding by email to ads posted online by the two men in charge of the sex trafficking ring. The 44 year old had purchased the services of an underage minor and had forced this minor to engage in sexual acts. 

"Many people hear the term Sex-Trafficking and assume it is a crime that only victimizes girls and women.  It is a surprise for many to learn that 20% of underage victims of sex-trafficking are boys."

All three men involved were arrested and charged. The 44 year old father was sentenced to 5 years in prison, 10 years probation, and was also required to register as a sex offender. Both men in charge of the sex trafficking were charged with running a human trafficking ring. The first man was sentenced to 30 years in prison while the second was sentenced to 80 years in prison for human trafficking, child molestation, and pandering a child for indecent purposes. 

"It is not uncommon for Traffickers to blackmail boys by threatening to abduct and traffick their younger siblings or to kill their families if they do not submit to being trafficked.  Traffickers often learn everything they need to know about a boy's family either from information found in a boy's social media page or from another classmate who is being forced to bring new victims to them."  

The sentencing and charging of these men was led by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Georgia,  which at the time had been trying to find people involved in human trafficking when they came across the emails being exchanged by the men. Following the arrest of these men, the District Attorney went on to say that without  underage minors being available for a price, there would be no business at all, but as long as people keep continuing to purchase these services there will always be victims being forced into sex trafficking.

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