NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - About 160 people attended a three-day Trafficking in America Conference in Nashville where police, prosecutors, clergy and child advocates gathered to bring awareness and find solutions.
First Lady Crissy Haslam wrote in a letter to the attendees that trafficking was "an epidemic of tragic proportions."
Roscoe Johnson, pastor of Restoration Outreach Ministries in North Memphis, told The Commercial Appeal that people may think trafficking occurs in third-world countries, but it is a serious problem in Memphis.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Scott Augenbaum said the Memphis division's Cyber Crime Squad has prosecuted more than 30 predators in Memphis and Nashville who went online to target minors.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com