CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
An undercover operation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) lands a dozen men in jail and identifies several young women who may be victims of human trafficking.
This past week, Governor Bill Haslam signed legislation into law giving TBI original jurisdiction over investigations of human trafficking. Additionally, the state legislature approved funding for four Special Agents, who will exclusively investigate human trafficking cases and train law enforcement statewide on recognizing and combatting this type of crime.
Last year the TBI unveiled a public awareness campaign, entitled “IT Has To Stop,” which includes online resources, public service announcements, and contact information for nonprofits who work with survivors of human trafficking. Visit www.ITHasToStop.com for more information.