Over the weekend, Tennessee’s state capitol was highlighted in blue to raise awareness about human trafficking. January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a national observation to call attention to the crime.
“This month is an opportunity to learn some of the small indications of human trafficking,” OCJP Director Jennifer Brinkman said. “Some signs include someone who seems to have scripted or rehearsed responses in social situations, someone living at their place of employment, tattoos or branding on the neck or lower back, and poor physical or dental health.”
More than a thousand of these kinds of tips from people suspecting human trafficking were reported in one year to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, according to the latest crime report.
In the latest year of statistics, agencies funded by OCJP served 793 victims of trafficking throughout Tennessee, and the agencies provided training for more than 5,600 professionals statewide.
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the 24-hour Tennessee Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline Toll-free Number: 1-855-55-TNHTH (86484).