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Thousands of United States children are victims of sex trafficking every month.

This website can help you learn about human trafficking and in particular the commercial sexual exploitation of children and how you can help end this horrific crime. This site is funded and managed by the Tennessee Women’s Fund Alliance.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 is the first comprehensive federal law to address trafficking in persons. The law provides a three-pronged approach that includes prevention, protection, and prosecution. Human sex trafficking is one of the fasted growing crimes in the U.S.

Under U.S. federal law, sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age, (22 USC § 7102; 8 CFR § 214.11(a)).

Quick Statistics

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300,000 children at risk every minute

Because so many children are in vulnerable circumstances, at any one time

up to 300,000 of them

in the US are at risk of being sexually exploited commercially for sex.

Many victims are moved to Tennessee

Many victims are moved to Tennessee because of its geographical relation to Atlanta which is a major trafficking hub.

Every 2 minutes

Every 2 minutes
a child is trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation in the U.S.

The average age for girls

The average age for girls ensnared in sex
trafficking is 12-14 and boys even younger.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center estimates

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center estimates it's a
$32 billion industry.

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Warning Signs

Learn how to recognize the signs of a human trafficking victim, they may:

  • Be in the presence of an overly controlling and abusive 'boyfriend'
  • Tend not to look in the eyes or face of people, especially a 'boyfriend'
  • Have injuries/signs of physical abuse or torture
  • Have signs of malnourishment
  • Have restricted or controlled communication
  • Appear fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, nervous
  • Claim to be an adult although appearance suggests adolescent features
  • Lack identification documents (ID, birth certificate, Social Security card)
  • Possess the presence of different aliases and ages
  • Lack of knowledge of a given community or whereabouts
  • Frequently move from place to place
  • Claim to be "just visiting" and not be able to clarify addresses
  • Have few or no personal possessions
  • Have few or no personal financial records
  • Have inconsistencies in their story
  • Be inappropriately dressed
  • Exhibit irregular school attendance