Why the Upstate of South Carolina?

 
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As shown in the map, the Upstate is along I-85 and in between Atlanta (the #1 city in the nation for human trafficking) and Charlotte (among the top 10 cities).  What we are finding is that these cities are becoming so saturated that traffickers are moving out of Atlanta and Charlotte and coming to the Upstate.

-In the Upstate, 7 of 9 women in the industry are currently being trafficked or have been trafficked in their past. (Greenville Law Enforcement)

Statistics:

-Human Trafficking is estimated to be a $150 billion industry with $99 billion being spent on sex trafficking (International Labour Organization)

-Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world. (Polaris Project)

-Every second there is $3,075.64 spent on pornography and 28,258 viewers. (http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/)

-Every 39 minutes a pornographic movie is made in the U.S. (http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/)

-1 out of 3 runaway or “throwaway” youth are solicited by a trafficker within 48 hours. (Shared Hope International)

-The average age of entry is 12-14 for girls and 11-13 for boys. (Shared Hope International)

In a study made in 9 countries (Canada, USA, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, turkey, and Zambia), more than 800 prostituted women and children were interviewed. (Farley, 2003)

  • 89% directly reported that most of all, they wanted to leave the industry, but couldn’t.
  • 84% had been exposed to aggravated assault, on average 103 times per year
  • 53% were sexually tortured on average more than once a week
  • 49% said that pornography was made of them while in the life
  • 94% of those in street prostitution experienced sexual assault and 75% were raped by one or more johns
  • 90% interviewed reported childhood sexual abuse history and over 70% said their abuse had an influence on their entry into prostitution.

For more information, check out these resources:

http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org/type-trafficking/human-trafficking

www.sharedhope.org

http://www.rebeccabender.org/

http://www.polarisproject.org/