Slavery in Tennessee
In 2013, The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) released a report done in collaboration with Vanderbilt University based on research on sex trafficking of minors in our state. TBI Director Mark Gwynn called the results “shocking” and said that “Human trafficking and sex slavery in Tennessee is more common than previously believed possible” In fact, results show that human trafficking is a larger problem and involves more counties in our state than gang representation .
During the two year study window, Shelby County was found to be one of the worst offenders with 100 adults and 100 children trafficked for commercial sex. Restore Corps served 116 survivors of human trafficking across 21 counties of west Tennessee in 2018. We must continue to gather as a community to combat this issue!