Via a reader tip from Tom, comes the below Atlanta Journal-Constitution article that explains how police in Atlanta inflated the numbers of sex trafficking victims to include Koreans to get more government funding:
The situation was dire, police warned. The City of Atlanta was under siege by human traffickers.
Some 1,000 Asian women and girls ages 13 to 25 were being “forced to prostitute themselves” in the city, a 2005 internal police email said. Many of the victims, police said, were Korean.
To free them, police forged ahead with a $600,000 task force.
Had agency leaders questioned the estimate, they would have found it defied common sense. If it were true, one in eight of the city’s Asians would have been sex slaves.
Perhaps, then, it’s little wonder that the program had such poor results that it drew scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice. An initial report said Atlanta police had found more than 200 victims, but auditors could only confirm four. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
Here is the part that includes Koreans being trafficked into Atlanta:
Atlanta launched its search for Korean prostitutes as hundreds of millions of dollars began to pour into anti-trafficking efforts nationwide. The federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 gave special assistance to foreign victims in the U.S. and paved the way for a 2004 Department of Justice initiative to fund local human trafficking task forces.
The goal: To increase rescues of foreign victims by 15 percent each year.
City officials argued they desperately needed the money. “Human trafficking is now beginning to get a foothold in Atlanta and must be stopped before it becomes entrenched,” police told Justice Department officials.
The Atlanta Police Department won a $450,000 three-year grant, and the city chipped in an additional $150,000. Two investigators and a sergeant joined forces with a Korean translator.
At first blush, the task force seemed to be a success.
The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance reported that Atlanta police identified 216 potential victims from January 2005 through December 2006.
But this count was later revealed to be grossly inaccurate. Auditors for the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General could find documentation for only four victims, a July 2008 report said.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance made a mistake that added 93 victims to the count. Atlanta had actually reported 123 victims. The city could not explain the 119 that auditors couldn’t track. Police said the figures were reported by a city employee who retired before the Justice Department inquiry.
So after receiving all that money they inflated the statistics to show they were “doing something” and auditors could only account for 4 victims. Since they received $600,000 that comes out to $150,000 to find each victim. I highly recommend reading the whole article, but auditors also could not find the supposed sex trafficking victims that police in Los Angeles and Washington, DC claimed to have rescued as well. I think it is safe to say that the inflation of sex trafficking victims is a nation wide problem.
Basically what is going on in regards to sex trafficking in Atlanta is similar to the sex trafficking claims of juicy girls in Korea. We have long seen articles in the Korean and US media about sex trafficking in Korea that follows the usual story line that the juicy girls were duped to come to Korea from the Philippines to supposedly sing and dance in clubs and then were forced into prostitution. I continue to maintain that the vast majority of these women actually knew what they were getting into. However, sex trafficking of juicy girls remains a hot topic with USFK even claiming that they are modern day sex slaves.
So let me throw this out there, if the number of sex trafficking victims has been inflated could the sex assault statistics be inflated as well by police looking to get more funding? Like sex trafficking, sexual assault is a highly politicized issue which means a lot of money has been allocated by lawmakers to fight it. I am not saying sexual assault statistics are inflated, but after the inflation of sex trafficking statistics I think it is definitely something that should be looked into.