Survey finds laws needed to fight sex trafficking

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A study released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation found that law enforcement officials want better state laws and training to find and stop human sex trafficking in Tennessee.

The agency on Wednesday released survey results from agencies across the state and found that 85 percent of Tennessee counties have investigated at least one human sex trafficking case over the last 24 months. The survey of police, social service agencies, state and federal prosecutors and court representatives also found that a majority of respondents said they are not adequately trained to handle these cases.

Tennessee has seen a number of high-profile sex trafficking cases, including a multi-state ring linked to Somali gangs. The General Assembly last year directed TBI to analyze the problem and develop recommendations.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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