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FBI speaks: 5 ways girls get coerced into the sex trade, part 2

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In 2014 the Federal Government released a study on sex trafficking naming Atlanta as the #1 city in America for this crime. Rolling out magazine spoke with FBI Special Agent Joe Fonseca, MATCH Task Force Coordinator in Atlanta. MATCH is the acronym for the Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force. The Task Force is a multi-agency endeavor that has had a dramatic impact on human trafficking.

What are some of the ways girls get into sex trade?

– Friends or family influence

– Boredom (they see this as something exciting and new)

– To afford a drug habit

– “Boyfriend” tricks them into believing they will do it for the boyfriend if they love them

– Gang initiation

Who are the must vulnerable?

Children with low self-esteem; children from broken families who remain with an apathetic caregiver to include some foster families. It also includes children with no direction and high school dropouts to name a few.

What are traits and characteristics of a pimp?

Pimps have every range of character traits—some physically assault their girls to keep them fearful and [to make them] continue working. They portray themselves as the boyfriend; they are cunning in the way they learn how to exploit each of the girls’ weaknesses (emotional needs, constant praise, etc.)

Who are the biggest pimps arrested?

We have sentenced more than 20 pimps over the past seven years, with sentences ranging from five years to life. Many of these pimps represent the worst of humanity, having demonstrated no regard for their victims.

How can someone who wants to get out of the industry be rescued?

There are trafficking hotlines (National Human Trafficking Hotline), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Out of Darkness and Tapestry in Atlanta, the Salvation Army, any soup kitchen —they will all know how to get someone help.



6 Comments

  1. geral sosbee on April 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Five or so ways the fbi tortures and kills innocent persons. http://sosbeevfbi.ning.com/profiles/blogs/summary-of-recent-global-events?xg_source=activity

  2. msfreeh on April 7, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Former FBI agent charged with another peeping incident
    Sep 24, 2010 11:37

    Former FBI agent Ryan Seese, 36, now faces two counts of invasion of privacy.

    A former FBI agent who was already convicted of spying on a 14-year-old girl inside a bathroom at Hershey Middle School is facing even more charges.

    Last month 36-year-old Ryan Seese admitted he went into the middle school bathroom and peered over a stall to watch the teen. That incident happened back in May. He pleaded guilty in late August.

    Now prosecutors have filed more charges against him stemming from an incident at a Derry Township gym.

    They said back in February Seese went into the ladies bathroom at the Granada Gym. They said there were two adult female victims. One reported he peered into her bathroom stall using a mirror, police said.

  3. [email protected] on April 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Can you please tell me the name of the study released by the federal government that names Atlanta as the #1 city in which sex trafficking takes place? Thank you – [email protected]

  4. msfreeh on April 7, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    FBI Analyst Sentenced In Underage Sex Case

    February 23, 2007

    A former FBI analyst has been sentenced for having sex with a young Spotsylvania County girl.

    Forty four year old Anthony Lesko entered an Alford Plea to the charges in a Spotsylvania County Circuit to nine counts of felony indecent liberties upon a child.

    The plea means that Lesko does not admit guilt but believes that there is enough evidence to convict him. Lesko was sentenced to seven years in prison with 15 years suspended under a plea agreement.

    Lesko was also ordered to pay 10 thousand dollars in restitution to cover the girl’s mental health counseling. According to police Lesko was engaged in nine sexual encounters with the girl, starting when she was nine years old.

    According to the plea Lesko says he was the victim in the case and that the girl initiated the contact.