Expert: Finding increased cases of human trafficking a ‘good thing'

By: Jim Spiewak

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The number of known human trafficking cases in Tennessee is up over the last few years. 

In 2015 there were 68 known trafficking cases in Tennessee. 

In 2016 that number jumped to 108 according to www.humantraffickinghotline.org.  

Rachel Haaga is the Executive Director of Restore Corps a non-profit that works with trafficking victims.  Haaga said, “That is a good thing, because now people are being identified and being linked to service provision.” 

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Haaga said more people are recognizing trafficking signs adding, "The awareness points people to realize they don't know as much as they want to and so they ask for the training.” 

Hagga said the spike in awareness has come thanks to the help of lawmakers.  All law enforcement officers in Tennessee must now get trained on human trafficking issues. 


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“They're required to have two hours every year of follow up training for human trafficking identification,” Haaga said. 

Shante Avant with the Memphis Women’s Foundation lobbied to get those new laws passed. Avant said, “For people like myself or just an everyday person that seems something a little strange or off it's important to know what the next step would be.” 

For more information on how and where to get help click on these links. 

>>Restore Corps

>>Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis

 

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