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Resolution RS2018-1007

(Adopted 01/02/2018) A resolution recognizing January as Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

WHEREAS, the first step toward eliminating slavery and human trafficking is to raise awareness and increase education to ensure that residents are knowledgeable about this problem, learn the signs of a possible victim, and know how to prevent our youth from falling prey; and

WHEREAS, in the United States, a child is bought or sold for sex every two minutes on average; and

WHEREAS, the International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, and 55% are girls and women; and

WHEREAS, 4,460 cases of human trafficking have been reported in the United States this year, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline; and

WHEREAS, in 2016, an estimated 1 out of 6 endangered runaways that were reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims; and

WHEREAS, more than 1,000 women and men, boys and girls, become victims of human trafficking each year in Tennessee; and

WHEREAS, End Slavery Tennessee, a 501(c)(3) organization, works to promote healing of human trafficking survivors as well as strategically confronts slavery in Tennessee with nine affiliated community groups currently meeting in Brentwood, Clarksville, Franklin, Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Spring Hill, West Central and West Nashville; and

WHEREAS, this organization serves as the single point-of-entry for human trafficking victims through state, federal and local law-enforcement, the courts and the Department of Children’s Services; and

WHEREAS, End Slavery Tennessee provided services to over 200 human trafficking survivors this year; and

WHEREAS, the well-being of our youth as the next generation of Tennessee’s leaders, legislators, parents, business men and women is crucial; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognizes the month of January as Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and encourage all citizens to learn the signs that indicate potential slavery and human trafficking.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing the month of January as Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Sheri Weiner, Kathleen Murphy, Karen Johnson, Tanaka Vercher, Erica Gilmore, Nancy VanReece, Holly Huezo, Mina Johnson, Sharon Hurt, Angie Henderson, Davette Blalock

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Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedJanuary 2, 2018

AdoptedJanuary 2, 2018

Returned unsigned by the MayorJanuary 17, 2018

Effective DateJanuary 17, 2018

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Last Modified: 01/17/2018 12:44 PM