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What is Human Trafficking?
Is there Human Trafficking in TN?
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation presented the Tennessee Human Sex Trafficking Study: The Impact on Children and Youth 2011. With the assistance of Vanderbilt University and survey participation from more than 1,000 law enforcement officers and social service providers across the state who investigate sex trafficking cases or come in contact with victims, the TBI produced the first-ever research publication on human sex trafficking focused just on Tennessee. The results of the study were shocking. Human trafficking and sex slavery in Tennessee is more common than previously believed possible. (Mark Gwyn, Director,Tennessee Bureau of Investigation).
This study found that 85% of counties in the state of Tennessee reported at least one case of human trafficking in 2009-2010.
In 2012, the TBI launched a Tennessee-specific trafficking hotline. Since its inception, the hotline has received 691 calls (as of August 2017).
What is Sex Trafficking?
The term “commercial sex act” is the giving or receiving of anything of value (money, drugs, shelter, food, clothing, etc.) to any person in exchange for a sex act. Commercial sex acts may include prostitution, pornography, and sexual performance. Some forms of sex trafficking include pimp-controlled trafficking, gang-controlled trafficking, or familial trafficking. In some cases, minors engage in ‘survival sex’ in order to meet basic needs such as food or shelter.
What is Labor Trafficking?
Common types of labor trafficking include people forced to work in homes as domestic servants, farmworkers coerced through violence as they harvest crops, or factory workers held in inhumane conditions with little to no pay.
MARCH 26 | Human Trafficking 101
April 21 | Finish for Hope 5K
April 30 | Human Trafficking 101
April 30, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM | United Way of Greater Chattanooga: Community Room 630 Market St, Chattanooga