MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Human trafficking is a major issue all over the country and especially in Tennessee.
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"Restoring Hope" features interviews with Kelcey Johnson and Jarad Bingham of Hospitality Hub of Memphis, a center dedicated to connecting individuals with the resources they need to begin their journey out of homelessness; Rachel Sumer Haaga of Restore Corps, a non-profit working to eradicate human trafficking; and Jim Kothe of Expedient, a company providing cloud services and giving back.
It’s estimated that 30 million people live as slaves in the world today, and more than 100 cases of sex trafficking of both minors and adults have been reported in Shelby County. Restore Corps exists to empower survivors, equip communities and seek justice through systemic change, all in an effort to eradicate human trafficking. It does that work here in Memphis, serving the West Tennessee region.
Tennessee is highly rated in its response to human trafficking cases and has what is considered to be some of the most progressive anti-trafficking legislation in the country. Still, after the tracking and prosecution of perpetrators, victims, many of whom are minors, are left to rebuild their lives with little to no recourse against the people who have exploited them.