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.
Two pimps arrested in East Tennessee after nationwide operation By: Oct 13, 2015
An officer with the Alexandria (Virginia) Police Department monitors an undercover sting operation in a hotel room during Operation Cross Country. / FBI Related Links More about Operation Cross Country
KNOXVILLE, TN (WVLT) -- Two pimps were arrested in East Tennessee after the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Knoxville Police Department and Chattanooga Police Department worked with FBI, TBI and Homeland Security agents. It was part of Operation Cross Country, which is a nationwide effort that targets the commercial sex trafficking of children. During the operation last week, 153 pimps were arrested and 149 children were recovered nationwide. The youngest child is 12-years-old.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation - "Operation Someone Like Me"
MEMPHIS, TN - A three-day operation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and partner agencies to combat human trafficking in Memphis has resulted in the arrest of 42 individuals on prostitution-related charges; 38 men and four women. Eight men responding to the ads tried to buy sex from a minor. The Memphis anti-trafficking operation, called "Operation Someone Like Me", is the eighth of its kind in the state between the TBI and partner agencies to help identify, investigate and prosecute trafficking, and rescue victims. Those arrested include a medical professional, engineers, an law student, a tow truck driver and construction workers. During the operation approximately 475 different men responded to ads posted on Backpage.com. More than 8,779 contacts were made to those ads, through texts or phone calls. Eight men responded, and paid to have sex with an underage female. Two of those specifically paid money to have sex with 14 year old girls. Two juvenile female victims of trafficking were recovered and referred to the Department of Children's Services.
NASHVILLE, TN - Thomas Novelly , firstname.lastname@example.org Published 10:25 a.m. CT Aug. 5, 2016 | Updated 5:49 p.m. CT Aug. 5, 2016 The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested 41 individuals, 14 of whom were from Nashville, connected with human trafficking, the TBI announced Friday morning. "This week I learned that we are only scratching the surface," TBI Director Mark Gwyn said at a news conference. "This is our most significant operation to date."
More than half of the 34 men specified that they wanted to have sex with minors, the TBI said. Six women and one juvenile also were arrested. According to a TBI news release, those arrested include David Shepard, 56, a Hunters Lane High School teacher, and Gary Rashad Canty, 20, a former Vanderbilt University football player from Riverdale, Ga., who red shirted his freshman year in 2014 and then left the team for medical issues the next year. He never played in a game for Vanderbilt. Canty was a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports, and ranked as 180th nationally among wide receivers.
Joe Bass, a Metro Nashville Public Schools district spokesman, confirmed that Shepard was a teacher and also said that as soon as he came to them with his misconduct, they took action." He self-reported and we placed him on administrative leave immediately," Bass said. "He has been a science teacher at Hunters Lane since 2014."
During the operation, undercover agents posted ads on Backpage.com. Some agents posed as underage girls. According to the TBI, 485 men responded to the ads posted and more than 5,300 responded to the ads through texts or phone.
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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Isaiah 42:22 But this is a people robbed and plundered; All of them are snared in holes, And they are hidden in prison houses; They are for prey, and no one delivers; For plunder, and no one says, "Restore!" Who among you will give ear to this? WE WILL!! Help us to reach those who have fallen prey to the atrocity of human trafficking. .we are helping to change the lives of women and young girls!!
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The ministry purpose is to reach women and young girls who are and have been victimized by the exploits of human trafficking. The mission is to equip and empower through education, discipleship, and mentorship. We also strive to be a resource in our community to offer safe housing, education, etc., to victims of abuse (sexual or physical).
Let’s "shine the light on the darkness" of human trafficking in East TN.