SEX TRAFFICKERS WILL TARGET ATLANTA
DURING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WEEKEND
ATLANTA – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, along with our law enforcement partners, are encouraging both citizens and visitors to be aware of the possibility of sex trafficking during the festivities happening in and around Atlanta this weekend and into next week. In short, if you believe it might be, tell someone.
“Sex traffickers are despicable people, and they use events like the National Championship game to ply their trade,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “These types of events draw large crowds of revelers, and sex traffickers often seek to exploit these types of opportunities. We need everyone’s help in identifying those being trafficked for sex, and in bringing the traffickers to justice.”
Many times those who are being trafficked are homeless, runaway, or abandoned children, but it is not limited to these groups. Traffickers also seek out at-risk individuals, i.e. those individuals suffering from sexual/physical abuse, or dependency, while also exploiting women and children from other countries – typically from impoverished nations.
There are some signs that people should be aware of which may indicate someone is being held against their will and trafficked for sex:
- They do not hold their own identity or travel documents;
- They appear to suffer from verbal or psychological abuse designed to intimidate, degrade and frighten the individual;
- They have a trafficker or pimp who controls all their money – the victim will have very little or no pocket money;
- They are extremely nervous, especially if the victim’s “translator” is their trafficker; and
- They are not allowed to move about by themselves and have little understanding of where they are.
Victims may also lack personal items, possessions, or luggage. They may not have a cell phone or calling card. Most may also lack private space – a trafficker or an enforcer is always present. They most likely will not possess financial records or identification documents, or have any knowledge about how to get around in a community.
The penalties for sex-trafficking are substantial, but can only be enforced with the help of aware citizens. If you wish to report a potential sex-trafficking incident please contact the FBI at (770) 216-3000.
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division ishttp://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.
This past Saturday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the Gilmer Bobcats and Christian Heritage traveled to Fannin County High School for the championship game. Both teams were ready to walk away with the first place trophy.
While Christian Heritage had the outside shots, Gilmer had the speed to drive the lane. Bobcat, Carter Hice, led Gilmer in scoring with seventeen points. Christian Koneman led Christian Heritage in scoring with twenty-two points overall. Bobcat, Tripp Pierce, had the hustle to drive through the defense and contribute four points for Gilmer. Christian Heritage had the lead at the end of the first quarter with a score of 28-15 over the Bobcats.
Gilmer scored a lot of their points from down low thanks to their unstoppable post, Kell Weaver, who contributed fourteen points for the Bobcats. Tyler Sims scrappy playing added four points to Gilmer’s score. Braden Jenkins drew fouls and put three more points on the board for the Bobcats. Christian Heritage kept their lead at the end of the second quarter with a score of 55-24.
Christian Heritage started to look up the court for open teammates when Gilmer’s outside shooting came alive. Bobcat, Coady Cobb, scored all nine of his points from three pointers. Out of Bobcat David Smith’s eight points, six of them were from shots above the key. As the end of the third quarter neared, Christian Heritage had a 71-42 lead over the Bobcats.
As the Bobcat’s scored got farther and farther behind Christian Heritage, their intensity lessened. With no hope of catching up, many of the Bobcats gave up. Although the Bobcats were getting beat, Tyler Sims refused to give up. Sims gave every second of the game his all and tried his best to pick up his team. Despite the Bobcats hustle, Christian Heritage closed out the tournament with a 77-59 championship win.
Before Christian Heritage got to claim their first place trophy, All Tournament medals were to be given out. Bobcats Kell Weaver, Carter Hice, and Tyler Sims were selected as Gilmer’s All Tournament Players.
Gilmer’s loss puts their overall record at 5-9 while Christian Heritage stands undefeated at 12-0. Catch the Bobcats next game on January 5 at 8:30 as they travel to take on Northwest Whitfield!
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The Gilmer High School Bobcats football team faced off with the Dalton Catamounts for the second time in the 2013. The rematch was for the Region 7-AAAA Championship. Dalton took the first meeting 31-0 at Dalton, the Bobcats’ lone loss on the season. The Bobcats, hosting the game due to a yearly rotation between North and South Sub-regions, was looking for revenge against the Region rival, especially after rumor spread that the Championship Trophy had been delivered pre-game to Dalton by the G.H.S.A.; a rumor confirmed when Dalton delivered the trophy to Huff Mosley Field. Despite the extra motivation, the home team “Cats” could not pull out the win, as the Catamounts claimed the championship with a 24-10 win. The loss by the Bobcats gives Gilmer second place in the region and a home playoff match up with Troup County, the third place team from Region 5. (more…)