transaction intercept initiative | pilot Study

A 2014 national survey of child sex trafficking victims conducted by Thorn, in collaboration with Texas Christian University, found that 63% of victims had been sold online. This is why Street Grace is implementing methods to reduce the appeal for buying children online for sex. Street Grace is launching a confidential study to develop effective strategies to decrease anonymity within the online marketplace, thereby decreasing demand.

WHY?

  • We hypothesize that callers with the intent to purchase sex who are intercepted appropriately will be less likely to repeat their attempt to purchase a child for sex within the online marketplace.
    • A study published by PLoS ONE (2006) indicated that effective deterrence methods could reduce the rate of recidivism by up to 70%.
  • In the future we envision furnishing information to law enforcement that could assist in the prosecution of high-frequency buyers (those who purchase on a weekly basis).
    • A study published by youthSpark (2015) shows that while high-frequency buyers account for only 5% of all buyers they are responsible for nearly half (48%) of all transactions.

We would like to invite you to prayerfully consider participating as a volunteer for a research project designed to reduce demand for sex with children. You will be able to choose one of two volunteer information and training sessions. Volunteers will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement to protect the integrity of the research, prior to a presentation from Street Grace staff and researchers that outlines information and details concerning the project. Trainings will be held at the Street Grace offices on Tuesday, October 6 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm or Saturday, October 10 from 9:30 - 11:30 am. 

 

Friday, October 16 | 7:00 pm
The John C. Maxwell
Leadership Center at 12Stone® Church
2050 Sugarloaf Circle
Duluth, GA 30097
 

Monday, October 19 | 7:00 pm
Peachtree Presbyterian Church
3434 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30305

Tuesday, October 20 | 7:00 pm
The Temple
1589 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

If you have any questions, please contact us at 678-809-2111 or research@streetgrace.org.


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