UUCA is part of the youthSpark movement of youth and adults committed to ending child sex trafficking. We work to transform the lives of children who have been exploited, abused and neglected, because NO CHILD wakes up at 16 and chooses to be prostituted.
According to the FBI, Atlanta ranks near the top of cities with prostitution involving children. These children are coerced for profit. Many are runaways who are exploited for the basic needs of life: food, shelter or clothing. A new local study showed that 42% of the men who purchase sex with young females come from the north metro Atlanta area, outside I-285.
UUCA has supported an active legislative agenda over the last five years that caused the Georgia legislature to pass important legislation regarding child sex trafficking.
Now the focus has begun to shift to an effort to reduce the “supply” with youth- empowered education and advocacy. youthSpark, in partnership with Fulton County Juvenile Court, works with at-risk girls, to prevent them from becoming trafficking victims.