NASHVILLE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a follow-up study to the 2011 report on Human Sex Trafficking and its impact on Children and Youth. The follow-up study profiles minor sex trafficking cases of Tennessee counties and provides statistical comparisons between cases reported from law enforcement and non-law enforcement responders.

This study also analyzes the data in Tennessee counties that reported the highest numbers of minor sex trafficking. Numerous factors within each county have also been examined and compared in an effort to identify circumstances or conditions that may place an individual at risk for becoming a victim.

The Geography of Trafficking in Tennessee 2013 Quick Facts

  • Of the 941 respondents to the 2011 TBI study survey, 49% were from rural TN counties
  • Of the total rural respondents, 42% reported knowing of cases of sex trafficking in their jurisdiction
  • Many more cases of sex trafficking were reported by social service respondents than by law enforcement respondents
  • Counties that reported over 100 cases of minor sex trafficking were Coffee, Davidson, Knox and Shelby
  • Counties that reported 26-100 cases of minor sex trafficking were Franklin, Rutherford, Warren, Carter, Hamilton, Lawrence, Madison, Roane and Washington
  • Counties that reported 16-25 cases of minor sex trafficking were Bradley, Dickson, Lake, Lewis, Marshall, Montgomery, Putnam and Sevier

As of July 2013, twelve new anti-human trafficking laws have been created to address this epidemic. Domestic issues, the drug trade, poverty and other socio-economic factors serve as catalysts for human sex trafficking. This report shows that minor sex trafficking occurs in rural and urban areas of Tennessee and has an effect in both wealthy and poor households. It was also discovered that minors who come from impoverished households may be especially vulnerable to victimization.  To view the follow-up study in its entirety, click here.

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