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.
- 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 are inviting a select group of guests to observe the pilot program in action.
Participants will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to ensure the integrity of the research
and the safety of our volunteers. Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm prior to the intercept observation.
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 (LOCATION FULL)
1589 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309