11:42am

Mon April 2, 2012
Symposium Wednesday on the MTSU Campus

Tennessee's Sex-Trafficking Problem Explored

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A symposium on human trafficking will be held this week here in Middle Tennessee.

The conference is scheduled for Wednesday at Middle Tennessee State University and will feature a Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The TBI released its first ever report on trafficking in Tennessee last year. Margie Quin, Special Agent in Charge, described the numbers as shocking.

“We found that 85 percent of Tennessee Counties were affected by human sex trafficking. They reported at least one case in the past 24 months. Seventy-two of our 95 counties reported the presence of minor sex trafficking; that’s a sex trafficking case that affects a child 17 years of age or younger.”

The human trafficking symposium is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening in the Business and Aerospace Building on the MTSU Campus.