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Pimps and “John” of 14-year-old girls sentenced in Atlanta this week

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“The last of three men charged with trafficking, prostituting and sexually abusing two teenage girls was convicted by a Fulton County jury and sentenced to life without parole on Thursday, February 27…..”

Read this article from YouthSpark!, one of the most-effective advocacy organizations in Atlanta.  (Get on their email list… http://www.youth-spark.org)

Remember!  Similar stories will be told in the “Facing Sex Trafficking of Children in Atlanta” free theatrical performance at UUCA on Thursday, March 6, at 7 PM.

Join us for a compelling performance of the stories you’ve never heard…until now.  Theater, mime, dance and song… Atlanta artists use their voices to tell true stories of girls who have been victims of sex trafficking in our city.

The event was developed by an Atlanta group and is supported by UUCA’s Promise the Children advocacy and action group.

Pimps and “Johns”  Sentenced in Atlanta This Week

 Atlanta- The last of three men charged with trafficking, prostituting and sexually abusing two teenage girls has been convicted by a Fulton County jury. Jurors returned guilty verdicts Thursday against 34-year-old Derek Spencer on charges of Human Trafficking, Statutory Rape, Aggravated Child Molestation, Pimping, Pandering, Sexual Exploitation of Children and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor in connection with the case.  

 

The charges against Spencer date back to October 2012. The defendant approached the victims, 14-year-old runaway girls, as they were walking away from a Southwest Atlanta convenience store. Spencer offered the teens a place to stay in his Fletcher Street home. Soon after, Spencer and 33-year-old Kynne Shuler, his previously convicted co-defendant, began supplying the victims with drugs and alcohol and arranging paid ‘dates’ with various men either at the defendant’s house or a local hotel. The victims were forced to turn over their money in exchange for clothes, food and personal hygiene products. When they were not being forced to service ‘clients,’ Spencer also took turns having sex with each girl.

 

Spencer and co-defendant Shuler were arrested on October 20, 2012 inside an Old National Highway hotel following an anonymous tip that underage females were involved in suspicious activity inside one of the rooms. Police rescued the victims from the hotel bathtub where they were hiding.

 

Following his conviction, Spencer was sentenced to life without parole by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter who presided over the case. Co-defendant Kynne Shuler, who entered a guilty plea prior to trial, was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

 

A third defendant, Hossein Sharifi, the ‘John’ who paid to have sex with the victims, also pleaded guilty to Human Trafficking charges in connection with the case. His plea is significant because he is believed to be the first ‘John’ convicted of Human Trafficking in the State of Georgia. Sharifi was sentenced to five years in prison and an additional five years on probation.

 

The case was prosecuted by the Human Trafficking Unit led by ADA Camilla Wright with assistance from DA Investigator Amanda Pritchett. The DA’s Office also worked closely with Special Agent Joe Fonseca, head of the FBI’s MATCH Task Force to identify Defendant Sharifi and bring him to justice.

 

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February 28, 2014 · 2:33 pm

Facing Sex Trafficking of Children in Atlanta – March 6 at UUCA

 “Facing Sex Trafficking of Children in Atlanta”

On Thursday, March 6, at 7 PM, join us at UUCA for a free theatrical performance:  “Facing Sex Trafficking of Children in Atlanta.”

Join us for a compelling performance of the stories you’ve never heard…until now.  Theater, mime, dance and song… Atlanta artists use their voices to tell true stories of girls who have been victims of sex trafficking in our city.

Every city has its dirty secrets!  One of Atlanta’s is: It is very well known for sex trafficking. Sad to say, many of its victims are children and teenagers, mostly girls, from all walks of life in all kinds of neighborhoods.

The event was developed by an Atlanta group (Atlantasextrafficking.facingproject.com) and is supported by UUCA’s Promise the Children advocacy and action group.

Please come. Entrance is free and there will be a reception afterwards which will give you the opportunity to talk to the people from various organizations which have rallied around this cause that affects all of us!

UUCA’s role in Ending Childhood  Sexual Exploitation

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.

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Ending Childhood Sexual Exploitation

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.  More

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