The U.S. City of Atlanta hugely inflated the number of Korean and other Asian women trafficked into the city's sex trade so as to extract federal government funds, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Monday.
An internal police memo in 2005 claimed "some 1,000" Asian women and girls between 13 to 25, many of them Korean were being "forced to prostitute themselves" in the city.
Atlanta police in 2005 asked the U.S. Department of Justice for money to form a taskforce to eradicate human trafficking, which was a much-publicized subject during the Bush administration. The Justice Department allotted a budget of US$600,000 based on a report from the Atlanta police which identified 216 women supposedly trafficked to the city for sex between 2005 and 2006.
But an audit in July 2008 found only four, the paper reported.