For many people, child sex trafficking is something that happens in other parts of the world, but that’s not the case. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, every two minutes a child is trafficked for the purpose of sex exploitation in the United States. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports child sex trafficking is happening across the state. According to the TBI, 750-1500 juveniles are at risk for trafficking in Tennessee each year
“You are treated so much like an animal you don’t think that there’s any way out and people need to know that this is going on here right here,” said Hope.
Hope has been a victim of sex trafficking. She was forced to perform sex acts in exchange for money or items of value. Her first memory is being trafficked when she was three. We are hiding her identity for safety.
“I was being sexually abused. I would be abused by the people that I lived with, but they were also bringing people in to do that as well,” said Hope.