Expert raises awareness of human trafficking in TN

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation found in a recent survey that there have been at least 176 human sex trafficking cases in northeast Tennessee in the past two years.

Yvonne Williams, executive director of the Tennessee chapter of Trafficking in America Task Force, presented these facts to dispel myths about human trafficking and raise community awareness during a seminar Friday in Johnson City.

She said that most victims who are forced into prostitution are between the ages of 12 and 13.

Williams told The Johnson City Press that while the crowd was sparse, she hopes those who came took away information that can help them prevent trafficking in their communities.

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