Georgia Demand Study

Georgia Demand Study

• This report details a first-of-its-kind study to quantify, describe, and understand demand for CSEC
in Georgia. It paints a clear picture of the adult men who exploit adolescent females by paying for
sex with them. The study involved an innovative survey methodology that yielded 218 completed
useable surveys over a 2-month period in fall 2009.
• Almost half these men are the age 30-39, with the next largest group being men under age 30. The
mean age is 33 and the median 31. The youngest survey participant was 18, and the oldest was 67.
• The data clearly debunk the myth that CSEC is a problem relegated to the urban core. Men who
respond to advertisements for sex with young females come from all over metro Atlanta, the
geographic market where the advertisements in this study were targeted.
• Not only are 65% of men who buy sex with young females doing so in and around suburban
metro Atlanta, but 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 CSEC.
• The numbers are staggering — 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. (See
Appendix)
• 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.
• Local, state, and national lawmakers need to be made aware of the magnitude of the demand for
CSEC, as well as the nature of the demand. Advocates need to debunk the myth that CSEC is
perpetrated by a small number of “sexual predators.”
http://www.womensfundingnetwork.org/TheSchapiroGroupGeorgiaDemandStudy.pdf

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