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Local educators receive human trafficking training

Teachers in Tipton County Schools are currently being trained on how to spot the warning signs of human trafficking.

The training is part of a new law passed in Tennessee last year. Under the law, teachers must receive a one-time in-service training on the detection, intervention, prevention and treatment of child victims. The bill also requires the school boards to keep a list of each teacher who has completed the training.

Teachers attended a workshop provided by Restore Corps, a non-profit organization from Shelby County that provides assistance to victims of trafficking. Jessica Shoup, Restore Corps’ community engagement educator, and Margot Aleman, survivor care coordinator, led the training to the group of county teachers and administrators.

“At Restore Corps we serve as the single point of contact for West Tennessee, providing wrap around, trauma informed, strengths based case management service for any human trafficking referrals in the 21 counties of west Tennessee,” Shoup told the room of educators.

“According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, human trafficking is the second-fastest growing criminal industry in our state, just behind drug trafficking,” continued Shoup. “We are fortunate in Tennessee to be leading the way with human trafficking Laws.”

Read the full story at The Leader.

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