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TN Brings Awareness to Human Trafficking
Date:5/2/2013

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 02, 2013

Trafficking In America Task Force coordinates Human Trafficking Awareness Month for the state of TN in May along with http://www.ABridgeofHope.org Memphis, TN. Both non-profit charitable organizations are originators of TN's Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and are dedicated to bringing awareness to the fastest growing crime in America and work throughout the state to encourage participation. The partner organizations began the awareness month activities in November 2011 when the first HTA Week was conducted after Governor Bill Haslam approved a proclamation submitted by Yvonne Williams. Co-founder and President of Trafficking In America Task Force.

“With the data gleaned from a 2011 Tennessee Bureau of Investigations report titled, Tennessee Human Sex Trafficking Study: The Impact on Children and Youth, we felt a strong need to continue awareness on a state wide basis,” states Williams. The 2011 report was conducted in conjunction with the Vanderbilt Center for Community Studies, a Mixed Methods Research Study presented to the General Assembly. TBI Director, Mark Gwyn, says of the findings, ?The results of the report are shocking. Human Trafficking and sex slavery in TN is more common than previously believed possible?. Davidson, Shelby, Knox, and Coffee Counties are among the highest ranked in regard to the number of victims of human sex trafficking. In each county, there were 200+ victims in the past 24 months (about 4,000 state-wide). The 60 page report is available on-line at http://www.tbi.state.tn.us.

"Since the report came out and we are able to share the reality of the problem in Tennessee, citizens concerns are becoming increasingly heightened. The #1 question asked when presenting educational forums to community gr
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