- 600-900 children are missing each month in TN. Half of those are runaways. Since 1 in 3 will be approached by a trafficker in the first 48 hours, this puts at least 2400 children at risk each year, based on this risk factor alone.
- The average age of a child victim in TN is 13.
- In the 2011 TBI Report on Human Trafficking and Its Impact on Children and Youth, information reveals an average of 94 DMST victims per month in TN. 90 of these were through internet classified websites.
- 72% of counties in TN reported at least 1 incident of DMST in the 24 month tracking period by the TBI. This means more counties report DMST than gang activity. Four counties reported over 100 cases. 79% of those officials and service providers asked to report claimed they do not feel trained enough to recognized DMST, so the numbers are expected to be much higher.
- Atlanta is one of the top cities for DMST in the United States; Chattanooga, TN is only 1 ½ hours from this major DMST hub.
- The highway systems of Tennessee create easy access for transport of DMST victims, providing an efficient infrastructure to move the “supply” (our children) to meet the demand of perpetrators, both urban and rural.
- TBI – 2011 Tennessee Human Sex Trafficking and Its Impact on Children and Youth
- TBI – 2013 Follow Up Report to the 2011 Study
The Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline