Human trafficking is the forcing of individuals into sexual labor for the purpose of monetary gain. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a federally funded study has named Atlanta the nation’s leader for sex trafficking, with traffickers generating an estimated $33,000 per week.
In a 2012 study performed by the International Labour Organization, nearly 21 million adults and children are purchased and traded within the human trafficking industry. Of these 21 million, 40.4% of these victims are African American, 25.6% are Caucasian and 23.9% are Hispanic.
Jeff Shaw is a community leader who has devoted his time and effort into combating the issue of sex trafficking in the Atlanta area. Shaw partnered with the Atlanta Dream Center and formed his own ministry, Out of Darkness. This organization focuses on rescuing men, women, and children who have become victims of the sex industry. Shaw discusses the goals and efforts Out of Darkness offers within the community of Atlanta.