Some 160 people from throughout the U.S., Canada, and Brazil attended a 3-day 2012 Trafficking in America Conference in Nashville, which the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports “had the sense of urgency of an emergency management war room after a disaster.” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports more than 4,000 known victims statewide.
Memphis authorities and social workers have reported more than 100 cases of minors who were victims of sex trafficking. That includes victims who were brought to Memphis from Atlanta, Dallas, and other areas and forced into the sex trade, and boys and girls sold for sex by their own parents. Traffickers often court victims over the Internet, said FBI agent Scott Augenbaum. The teens and young women in Memphis have been burned, beaten and branded with their pimps’ names.