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Organizers Seek to Stop Demand for Sex-Trafficked Adolescents Through Community Event on 11/13 | Community Spirit

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Organizers Seek to Stop Demand for Sex-Trafficked Adolescents Through Community Event on 11/13

Atlanta, GA--  A Future. Not A Past. (AFNAP), the Juvenile Justice Fund’s campaign to stop the prostitution of children in Georgia, will hold its first-ever, community-wide “7200 Steps to Stop Demand” 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 13 at 9 a.m. in Candler Park. Open to the public, this event will unite individuals in a common goal: to reduce the number of men who engage in sex with prostituted adolescents.

In a 2010 study commissioned by AFNAP, an independent research firm found 7,200 men knowingly or unknowingly engage in sexual acts with young trafficked girls every month in the state of Georgia. Organizers will use money raised at the event to sustain demand reduction strategies.

“For AFNAP and for community members, the numbers are shocking. We hope this event will help individuals across the area come together and say to these men that their behavior is not allowed,” says Kaffie McCullough, AFNAP campaign director. 

If caught with a minor, johns -- or buyers -- can be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison, according to Georgia law.

Interested runners/walkers can access registration information online at www.afuturenotapast.org. Money can be raised through pledges or through a one-time donation of $20 before the Nov. 1, early bird deadline, or $25 after. Registration includes a “Steps to Stop” T-shirt and access to after walk activities.