Teenage victim of sex trafficking in therapy; two people charged

A victim of sex trafficking is in recovery after being forced into prostitution against her will at a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Trained investigators from global anti-slavery charity Hope for Justice, working out of its Nashville office, were involved in the case alongside the city’s Metro Police.

The 19-year-old female trafficking victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is receiving therapy following the abuse, which occurred over a four-month period. She is safely back home with her family and accessing ongoing support.

A member of the Hope for Justice team said: “Thankfully this vulnerable 19-year-old girl has been rescued, and is now receiving specialist support to overcome the trauma she has faced.”

A family member said of the victim: “She is doing remarkably well and attending weekly therapy sessions. We really appreciate everything that the Hope for Justice hub has done, and does for all victims of trafficking.”

A man and a woman have been arrested for sex trafficking. They have been charged with trafficking for a commercial sex act. This crime is punishable by a maximum 30-year prison sentence under current law.

Read more about the case here.