Slavery in Tennessee
In March of 2011, 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 in our state than gangs and involves more counties.
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.
You can learn more about slavery and human trafficking by:
- visiting our Resources and Book List page
- learning about Human Trafficking Warning Signs
- Further reading about cases of human trafficking in Tennessee