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Atlanta Youth Count 2018 Community Report: The Prevalence of Sex and Labor Trafficking Among Homeless Youth in Metro Atlanta

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Date Published
October 2019
60 pages

This report provides details about the Atlanta Youth Count 2018 project; with a detailed listing of the demographic profile; prevalence of human trafficking among youth experiencing homelessness; risk factors for human trafficking; a conclusion that makes four main recommendations for service providers and policymakers that are based on preliminary data analysis; and five appendixes.


This document is the official public Human Trafficking Report; it provides an overview of the study methodology and key findings, including the research team’s official estimates of the prevalence of trafficking among homeless youth in metro Atlanta, and a description of key characteristics of the population derived from the survey data collected. The 2018 Atlanta Youth Count (AYC18) was a follow-up study to the 2015 Atlanta Youth Count and Needs Assessment (AYCNA), expanded in 2018 to specifically address sex and labor trafficking among youth experiencing homelessness in metro Atlanta. The project had the following three goals: provide metro Atlanta service providers, policymakers, and youth advocates with practical information on the size, nature, and needs of the homeless, precariously housed, and runaway youth in our community who are involved in various forms of sex and labor trafficking; collect information that can be used to develop and refine policies, programs, and interventions to help these youth in our community; and encourage a community-wide dialogue about the needs and social determinants of youth homelessness and human trafficking.

Date Published: October 1, 2019