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New laws to curb human trafficking in Tennessee to become effective on July 1

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July 1 marks the effective date of major laws enacted this past legislative session to keep Tennessee on the forefront of the nationwide campaign to fight human trafficking.

New laws regarding human trafficking taking effect Wednesday, July 1, will:

  • Provide four additional TBI special agents to train law enforcement and other officials in identifying, investigating and prosecuting human trafficking. These special agents will also train first responders and caseworkers to find services and assist human trafficking victims.
  • Extend the statute of limitations to 25 years for prosecution of “promoting prostitution of minors.”
  • Allow law enforcement to utilize wiretaps to investigate commercial human trafficking.

These new laws are in addition to legislation that took effect in April to allow a juvenile caught in the sex trade to be sent to a shelter care facility to provide for their safe release to a parent or legal guardian.

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