A resolution recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness Week.

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

WHEREAS, human trafficking is the #2 crime in America and projected to be #1 by 2012; and

WHEREAS, human trafficking is a 32 billion dollar worldwide industry that involves the recruitment, harboring, transportation or provision of a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud or coercion and is projected to be 40 billion by 2012; and

WHEREAS, most victims of human trafficking are women and children of all ages with the average age of a sex trafficked victim is 12 to 14, and human sex trafficking has no boundaries occurring in both suburban and rural areas; and

WHEREAS, the recent Tennessee Bureau of Investigations report revealed about 4,000 known victims of human sex trafficking in the previous 12 months in Tennessee alone with approximately 50% of those known victims being under the age of 18 and there are likely many more than those known victims who have not been reported; 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 Human Trafficking Awareness Week, the second week in November, and encourage all citizens to learn the signs that indicate a potential human trafficking situation.


Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness Week.

Section 2. The Metropolitan Council Office is directed to prepare a copy of this Resolution to be presented to Yvonne Williams, Executive Director of Trafficking in America Task Force, Inc.

Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: Karen Johnson, Lonnell Matthews, Anthony Davis, Sean McGuire, Buddy Baker, Walter Hunt, Jason Potts, Jacobia Dowell, Sheri Weiner, Duane Dominy, Bill Pridemore, Doug Pardue, Fabian Bedne, Tony Tenpenny, Sandra Moore, Ronnie Steine, Peter Westerholm, Charlie Tygard, Chris Harmon, Carter Todd, Jerry Maynard, Frank Harrison, Josh Stites, Scott Davis, Emily Evans, Karen Bennett, Edith Taylor Langster, Jason Holleman, Brady Banks, Davette Blalock, Erica Gilmore, Bruce Stanley, Bo Mitchell, Megan Barry, Darren Jernigan


Referred to: Rules & Confirmations Committee
Introduced: November 1, 2011
Adopted: November 1, 2011
Approved: November 2, 2011
By: mayor's signature