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Resolution RS2020-161

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 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally, and 81% of them are trapped in forced labor, 25% of them are children, and 75% are women and girls; and

WHEREAS, more than 49,000 total cases of human trafficking have been reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in the last 10 years; and

WHEREAS, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 10,949 cases of human trafficking have been reported in the United States in 2018, a 25% increase in cases of human trafficking from 2017; and

WHEREAS, 165 cases of human trafficking were reported in Tennessee in 2018; 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, in 2018, End Slavery Tennessee trained over 12,000 professionals and community members, and served 225 individuals impacted by human trafficking in their aftercare program; 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)

Sharon Hurt, Tanaka Vercher, Emily Benedict, Jennifer Gamble, Brett Withers, Zulfat Suara, Joy Styles, Tonya Hancock

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedJanuary 7, 2020

AdoptedJanuary 7, 2020

ApprovedJanuary 8, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 01/13/2020 10:13 AM