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Human Trafficking a Public Health Issue in Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Health

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health  says that human trafficking is a public health concern that affects individuals, families and communities here in Tennessee.

It is the modern-day slavery, the sale of another person for sex. While this crime is largely hidden, Tennessee leads the nation in its approach to addressing human trafficking.

It is Human Trafficking and Tennessee Won't Stand for It [1]

It is Human Trafficking and Tennessee Won’t Stand for It

The Tennessee Department of Health urges all Tennesseans to learn about risk factors, red flags and resources for human trafficking to be part of the solution, and possibly help save a life.

“The Tennessee Department of Health recognizes human trafficking is a public health concern and we’re working with community organizations and local health departments to provide education and resources to help fight this issue in our state,” said TDH Assistant Commissioner for Family Health and Wellness Morgan McDonald, MD.

“We’re also asking Tennesseans to wear blue in observance of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day this Friday, January 11th,” stated Morgan.

Red flags of human trafficking can include the person:

Reports of human trafficking occur worldwide and continue to grow. There are 94 children each month who are trafficked right here in Tennessee. Know someone who needs help? Contact the Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline at 1.855.558.6484 or text “BeFree” to 233722.

For more information on human trafficking please visit www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking [2]

[320left]Tennessee is taking a proactive approach to combatting the problem of human trafficking including progressive legislative efforts and comprehensive research to gather data to inform projects. New laws have been passed in each of the last eight years including efforts to assist victims of human trafficking and enhance penalties for traffickers.

Learn more including how to help bring an end to human trafficking at www.ithastostop.com [3]

For more information on TDH efforts to prevent human trafficking please contact Ashley.N.Bridgman@tn.gov [4]

Find additional resources and information on human trafficking at www.endslaverytn.org [5]

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