‘Turn on the Lights,’ raise awareness of child abuse


FACTOR/Prevent Child Abuse Fayette is ready to “Turn on the Lights” regarding the ultimate child abuse — domestic sex trafficking.

The 6th Annual Benefit Dinner this year will focus on awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of children and also raise much-needed money for several organizations serving Fayette County that address domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) in Metro Atlanta. 

The dinner is April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Whitewater High School in Fayetteville. Jack Perry Jr. author and international speaker will speak at dinner as will Camila Wright, assistant attorney general – special prosecutor for sex trafficking crimes.

For tickets/tables, visit www.fayettefactor.org

The Benefit Dinner has always been a very enjoyable occasion where two dozen community leaders become servers for the evening.

Live entertainment and opportunities to bid on great silent auction items will also be featured during the evening. 

Both adults and children are being bought and sold for sex in the United States. The problem is not isolated to any geographical location, race, or socioeconomic class, nor is this a new problem. Sex trafficking has existed in the United States for generations.

Sex trafficking is the use of force, coercion or deception to recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide, obtain, or maintain, another person for the purpose of commercial sexual activities. 

If the victim is a minor under age 18, force, coercion and deception are not required in cases of sex trafficking.

In 2014, there were over 300 confirmed cases of domestic minor sex trafficking in Georgia—nearly one case every day. But the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reports that the 300 represent only a fraction of trafficking incidents in Georgia.