Thursday, May 23, 2013

New Laws Finally Target Sex Trafficking in Tennessee

Precisely two years ago on this date, I was compelled to write about a despicable and horrible reality in Tennessee and the South - the widespread rise of sex slavery and human trafficking.

The TBI had at the time present a report that over 80% of the state was stained with this heinous crime, a deeply disturbing fact. Even worse, those who committed these crimes faced little or no consequences.

Today, I am happy to report, that is no longer the case  - the state has passed 12 new laws to punish those who practice slavery. Tom Humphrey reports:

"The measures amplify a wave of attention since a statewide study in 2011 documented incidents of sex trafficking -- which officials define as coercive adult prostitution and any sexual exploitation of children.

"We have been adding (laws) for the last two years, but this year, by far, is the biggest," said Margie Quin, an assistant special agent in charge at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. "I would label this as sweeping changes.

"Of the laws going into effect July 1  ... Authorities will be able to prosecute those paying for sex - the 'johns' - as traffickers."

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