What is sex trafficking?
There are several definitions of sex trafficking, but Tennessee law (T.C.A. 39-13-309) defines sex trafficking as:
“(a) A person commits the offense of trafficking a person for a commercial sex act who:
(1) Knowingly subjects, attempts to subject, benefits from or attempts to benefit from another person's provision of a commercial sex act; or
(2) Recruits, entices, harbors, transports, provides, purchases or obtains by any means another person for the purpose of providing a commercial sex act."
For more on Tennessee law, read the Shared Hope Protecting Innocence Challenge analysis and recommendations for Tennessee.
The term “human trafficking” is an umbrella term for various kind of exploitation of persons, including: sex trafficking, labor trafficking, child soldiery, bonded labor, and organ trafficking. For example, a victim of sex trafficking is forced to provide sexual services to the profit of his/her trafficker; a labor trafficking victim is used for his/her labor and is often overworked, physically abused and underpaid or not paid at all; and an organ trafficking victim is killed or maimed for the involuntary yielding of vital organs. All these forms of trafficking are ultimately economic exploitation of persons.
Who is trafficked?
Trafficking victims are commonly young girls and are often lured into the trade between the ages of 11 and 13 years old. Boys are also trafficked, too, and while not as frequently they are of equal importance.
How can I get involved in fighting human trafficking?
There are many organizations, non-profit and governmental, that are addressing human trafficking. Depending on your strengths and interests, you can fight trafficking from many angles. Mentoring and investing in youth is an effective way to both prevent human trafficking and help those who are healing. Putting together care packages for victims recently rescued by law enforcement is another way to join the effort. Financial contributions are always welcome and are a necessary part of successfully fighting this illicit industry. There are many creative ways to contribute and we would love to hear your ideas - contact us, and learn more about how to get involved with Restore Corps here.
What is Restore Corps doing to fight human trafficking?
Restore Corps primarily focuses on three aspects of fighting human trafficking: survivor/victim assistance, educating the community, and changing systems .Our survivor/victim assistance revolves around each individual client. After assessing the client’s needs, we work with the client so that s/he is empowered to live life to the fullest.
Restore Corps staff are available for speaking engagements and trainings. Please contact us for further information.