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What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will.
Is there Human Trafficking in TN?
The short answer: YES.
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?
Sex trafficking occurs when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion if the victim is 18 years of age or older. Any minor who performs a commercial sex act is defined — under federal and Tennessee law — as a victim of sex trafficking, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion.
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?
Labor trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.
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.
AUGUST 13 | Human Trafficking 101
June 11, 2018 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Family Justice Center Auditorium
Please join us for a Human Trafficking 101 training. This event is OPEN to the community and ALL are welcome to attend.
Join us in learning more about Human Trafficking and how it impacts your city.