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Human trafficking occurs in EVERY CITY, EVERY COUNTY, AND EVERY ZIP CODE in Middle Tennessee.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is the exploitation of humans for purposes such as sexual and labor servitude where something os value is exchanged (money, food, housing, drugs, etc.) through the means of force, fraud or coercion. **For minors under 18, force, fraud or coercion does not need to be present.**

  1. Force: physical abuse or assault, sexual abuse or assault or confinement.
  2. Fraud: false promises or work/living conditions, withholding promised wages or contract fraud.
  3. Coercion: threats of harm to self or others, debt bondage, psychological manipulation or document confiscation.

What Human Trafficking looks like domestically:

  • COMPLEX & DYNAMIC - human trafficking is complex and dynamic in nature, fueled by power and control dynamics.
  • NOT RANDOM - the crime is typically committed by someone they love or have a deep relationship with (partner, spouse, family member, etc.)
  • DO NOT IDENTIFY - most human trafficking victims do not recognize they are a victim of crime.
  • IN TENNESSEE - human trafficking has been reported in all 41 counties of Middle Tennessee.
  • IN YOUR BACKYARD - just as likely to occur in rural, suburban areas as it is to occur in urban areas.

Human Trafficking Statistics:

  • National average age of entry: 14-16 years old
  • Tennessee average age of entry: 12-14 years old
  • The average lifespan of an individual after entry into trafficking is 7 years.
  • In the United States, on average, every two minutes, a child is bought or sold for sex.

What makes someone susceptible or high-risk:

  • Economic disparity
  • Housing insecurity
  • Runaways
  • Foster care
  • History of childhood sexual abuse
  • Mental illness
  • Substance abuse
  • Systemic oppression

End Slavery Tennessee (ESTN) provides specialized case management and comprehensive aftercare for human trafficking survivors and tactically addresses the problem through advocacy, prevention and training of front-line professionals.

Research and experience indicate that survivors require two years of stabilization, resources and care to truly address their trafficking-related trauma. ESTN is creating a Survivor Restoration Campus that will offer a 2-year Residential Program that begins and ends with safe and stable housing; an oasis where survivors will build community for healing, housing and hope.

Human trafficking is evil, ugly and dark. It steals life from its victims and robs everyone of a safe society. But you are not powerless. And neither are survivors. Supporters and survivors together can fight back. Your resources and support have the power to transform the many lives of future survivors who will have a safe place to go.

Today, you can give human trafficking survivors in need, healing services, housing solutions and hope strengthened. We cannot it it without you.

End Slavery Tennessee is a 501(c)(3) non-profit recognized by the IRS making your donations tax deductible.