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Human trafficking is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. Human trafficking can occur within a country or trans-nationally. Human trafficking is a crime against the person because of the violation of the victim's rights of movement through coercion and because of their commercial exploitation. Human trafficking is the trade in people, and does not necessarily involve the movement of the person to another location.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Families in the Lonsdale community of Knoxville met on Thursday to talk about ways to better protect their children from a major issue – human trafficking. The meeting was led by the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking at Lonsdale Elementary School, covering topics like internet and social media safety, and what parents can do if their children are talking with someone in an unsafe manner online. Kori Lautner, community schools resource coordinator for Lonsdale Elementary, says she hopes this helps families learn more about human trafficking. “I want our families to walk away feeling empowered, so they’re receiving information they may not have otherwise had access to. And I want them to empowered to keep their kids safe, and how to talk with their kids about uncomfortable topics of conversation,” Lautner said. Lautner also says they’re always looking for ways they can bring important information like this to families to help keep their children safer.

The Kingsport anti-trafficking operation, called “Operation Someone Like Me”, is the 10th of its kind in the state between the TBI and partner agencies to help identify, investigate, and prosecute trafficking.    
 It was the 10th such human trafficking effort across the state between the TBI and partner agencies.
The Kingsport operation occurred between July 31 and Aug. 3. TBI officers posed as underage girls on Backpage.com, receiving hundreds of texts and phone calls. Eleven suspects allegedly paid to have sex — three believing it would be with a 16-year-old, two thinking they would meet with a 14-year-old and six thinking they would have sex with both.

TBI Human trafficking - May 13, 2017 Susan Niland - Twelve Arrested in “Operation Someone Like Me” in Dyersburg JACKSON – A two-day operation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Dyersburg Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations has resulted in the arrest of 12 men on prostitution-related and human trafficking charges. The Dyersburg operation, called “Operation Someone Like Me”, took place this week and focused on identifying potential victims of human trafficking, while targeting those attempting to purchase illicit sex. Over the two-day period, undercover Special Agents posted three ads online each day. In that time, there were 197 unique contacts made to these ads, and more than 4-thousand messages were exchanged between undercover Agents and potential johns/ traffickers. A total of 12 men responded to those ads and attempted to purchase sex from a prostitute.

Tennessee woman arrested in ongoing human trafficking case | WATE ...wate.com/2017/05/09/tennessee-woman-arrested-in-ongoing-human-trafficking-case/May 9, 2017 -  A Humboldt, Tennessee, woman was arrested amid accusations she forced a minor to have sex with a man in exchange for drugs. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began investigating Veronica Boykin on March 22 after police received information about the alleged incident. According to a release, during the course of its investigation, agents developed information that Boykin offered a 15-year-old female to have sex with a still unidentified man in exchange for narcotics. The 33-year-old was taken into custody last Thursday and is charged with one count of trafficking for a commercial sex act. She was booked into the Madison County jail on a $75,000 bond. The investigation is active and ongoing.

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two men were arrested in Knoxville on statutory rape and solicitation charges amid a human trafficking investigation. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it was contacted Sunday by the Knoxville Police Department with information about a possible case involving juvenile females. An investigation led authorities to a motel on Highway 19E in Elizabethton where they discovered two men allegedly exchanged money for sex with two girls ages 14 and 17 the night before.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Margie Quin said during the news conference that they were overwhelmed and disturbed by the amount of responses the false ads received. Quin said that on the first day of the operation on Tuesday afternoon, agents received more than 216 responses in just seven hours. “Even with as many of these operations that we have conducted across the state, it’s still shocking that half of the men responding to these ads wanted to pay to have sex with a minor,” Quin said. “We’re working toward helping victims of trafficking and taking these predators off the streets.”





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