The first of three tools at Second Life is Prevention. We provide educational content and materials to communities for them to join the fight to end human trafficking. Second Life is present at events throughout the year, is available for speaking engagements, and has created an education and prevention curriculum through our Eyes Up Campaign.
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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 2011, the TBI launched a Tennessee-specific trafficking hotline. Since its inception, the hotline has received 691 calls (as of August 2017).