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Tennessee’s Human Trafficking Hotline receives record number of calls

TBI agents said the record number of tips coming in has encouraged them because tips lead to more arrests.
The hotline number is 1-855-558-6484 or, people can make reports online.
The hotline number is 1-855-558-6484 or, people can make reports online.(WJRT)
Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 5:04 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline received a record number of calls in 2020, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

TBI agents said the record number of tips coming in has encouraged them because tips lead to more arrests.

“Every year we’ve had an increase. Even last year, even with COVID and everything, is was over 900 different calls and tips that came in,” said Jeremy Lofquest, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the TBI Human Trafficking Unit.

Officials said one of the calls led to the discovery of a missing 12-year-old Texas girl. A Nashville man was arrested and convicted for sex trafficking in connection to the missing girl.

“I’d much rather get 50 calls and have one of those be a case where we’re able to rescue that one,” Lofquest said. “Getting them out of the situation is worth the 49 other calls we’ve had to field.”

The Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline has specially-trained professionals available 24/7 to take reports. All tips made to the Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline are confidential.

The hotline number is 1-855-558-6484 or, people can make reports online.

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