Friday, January 28, 2011

Stop the Candy Shop - The Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking in Georgia



Street GRACE and Whitestone Motion Pictures have partnered together to launch a 12-month campaign against CSEC, which is the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. To raise awareness about this issue, director Brandon McCormick has created a 30-minute film called the Candy Shop.


  
The Candy Shop was filmed in Atlanta and is a thirty minute film about child sex trafficking. The story is as follows: Jimmy Balcom’s new job selling newspapers is a God-send to a kid working hard to help his family survive during the depression. But then Jimmy figures out what’s happening in the candy shop across the street. And he is confronted with a choice that no twelve-year-old should ever have to face. Giving his family a better life, or keeping his soul. Doug Jones stars as the Candy Shop owner in this original film from director Brandon McCormick of Whitestone Motion Pictures in conjunction with the Doorpost Film Project.

This film will be used to provoke meaningful action and start the movement for eradicating CSEC from our community.


Some alarming facts:
  •  500 underage girls a month are trafficked for sex in the city of Atlanta.
  • Atlanta is the number one city in America for child sex trafficking and the 10th in the world.
  • 9% of men who buy sex with young females in metro Atlanta gave their location as near the airport. This finding is consistent with advocates’ claims that travel and tourism play a major role in sustaining commercial sexual exploitation.
  • 12,400 men each month in Georgia pay for sex with a young female, 7,200 of whom end up exploiting an adolescent female. 
  •  Craigslist is by far the most efficient medium for advertising sex with young females; ads on this site received 3 times as many responses compared to identical ads placed on other sites.
     These men account for 8,700 paid sex acts with adolescent females each month, which means that each adolescent female is exploited an average of 3 times per day.
  • Over 700,000 men have bought sex with females in Georgia, including both “young” and “not young” females. With approximately 3 million adult men in Georgia, this study finds that 23% have purchased sex with females, and 20,700 men do so in any given month.
  • While many of the men who exploit these children are not seeking adolescent females per se, the study also shows that just under half are willing to pay for sex with a young female even when they know for sure she is an adolescent.
  • Atlanta police investigators say a lot of the sex trafficking of children occurs not just on the streets of Atlanta but on the internet and they have an entire unit dedicated to combating the problem.

    "They were being kidnapped off the MARTA train when I was here, also at Underground and then they were being sold along Metropolitan Avenue," said Assistant District Attorney David Cook.
     
  • The executive director of Street Grace said the recent studies show the demand for child trafficking in Georgia is coming, mostly from men outside the perimeter and specifically, north of the perimeter. 

Does the statistics scare you? Then get involved! 


You can also help raise awareness via social media by tweeting:

Stop the Candy Shop. Child sex trafficking in Atlanta has to stop NOW. RT to support http://tinyurl.com/47jabxt #stopthecandyshop

Watch the below documentary for more information on Whitestone, the film and the movement against child sex trafficking. Then visit the Street Grace website to find out more information and learn how to get involved.

You can also watch on January 30th at PBA30 TV Atlanta "How to Stop the Candy Shop, Underage Child Sex Trafficking in Atlanta" and live tweet to help create awareness. Remember to use the hashtag #stopthecandyshop in all your tweets.



Behind The Scenes



Behind the Scenes - Production Week 1 from Whitestone Protege Program on Vimeo.


http://stopthecandyshop.com/
http://whitestonemotionpictures.com
http://twitter.com/whitestonemp
http://vimeo.com/whitestonemp
http://www.facebook.com/whitestonemp

http://www.thedougjonesexperience.com/candyshop.htm
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