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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.
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
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (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.
Operation Cross Country
June 23, 2014 - Supervisory Special Agent Marshall Stone (865) 544-0751
FBI Knoxville Acting Special Agent in Charge Timothy Slater announces that during the past week, FBI Knoxville, together with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Chattanooga Police Department, Red Bank Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations, conducted Operation Cross Country VIII to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States. The operation included enforcement actions in several cities throughout East Tennessee and led to 17 arrests. Eight women were arrested for prostitution, four women were arrested for promoting prostitution, two women were arrested for human trafficking, and three men were cited for solicitation.
Acting Special Agent in Charge Slater said, “Sex trafficking of children is a serious and troubling offense, and it will not be tolerated. We are fortunate to work with dedicated and capable local, state, and federal law enforcement partners as we address this threat. We want to especially thank the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton County Sheriff’s office, Chattanooga Police Department, Red Bank Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigation—without them, this operation would not have been possible.”
Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative that was established in 2003 by the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to address the growing problem of child prostitution.
To date, the FBI and its task force partners have recovered more than 3,400 children from being exploited. The investigations and subsequent 1,450 convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including 14 life terms.
Innocence Lost National Initiative brings state and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and social service providers from across the country to NCMEC for training.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center 888-3737-888 Toll-free | 24-hours,
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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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We are a hands on ministry, rolling up our sleeves to make a difference in our community. We traveled to Nashville recently to pick up a young lady being pimped. Although her story is hers to share, currently she is in a facility, pray with us that she will find healing and restoration. Update 5/5/16....she has left the facility, we believe she will realize she is worthy of true love and our arms and hearts will always be open and available for her....we love you! SHE HAS RETURNED! PTL
Ministry Opportunity - included a trip to Dallas, TX to Restored Hope Ministries. We were able to spend a few days working in the ministry and ministering to some young ladies caught in the life of human trafficking.
We continue to bring awareness churches, organizations and fellowships across the city of Knoxville. It's not a just a dream it's reality we are making a difference in our community! Thank you for your support.
Let’s "shine the light on the darkness" of human trafficking in East TN.
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).
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