Illegal Immigrant Arrested in West Knox County for Sex Trafficking

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Tennessee Highway Patrol officer made a traffic stop on Interstate 40 that led to an arrest of a man with an order for deportation and the recovery of a 19-year-old who may be the victim of human sex trafficking.

Sex trafficking of minors remains a dirty secret — and agents, officers and victims' supporters want to bring it into the light

Sex trafficking of minors remains a dirty secret — and agents, officers and victims' supporters want to bring it into the light

Nashville has a booming tourist trade, a robust economy, large-scale events that bring hundreds of thousands of new faces to town each year, and an enviable geographic position at the hub of multiple travel routes. Those factors make the city extremely enticing as a vacation and convention destination. 

End Slavery TN wins big, saves lives with Big Payback

End Slavery TN wins big, saves lives with Big Payback

The 2014 Big Payback, a 24-hour online giving challenge, was a lifesaver for End Slavery Tennessee — literally.

With more than $36,000 of donations and prizes, it was the top earning small nonprofit organization in the campaign. The result meant help for even more survivors of human trafficking in Middle Tennessee.

"We had so many new referrals," said CEO Derri Smith, "and you never want to say 'no.'

Man Convicted Under Enhanced Human Trafficking Laws Gets 22 Years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The first person ever to be charged and convicted in Davidson County under Tennessee’s enhanced human sex trafficking laws has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Michael Kohlmeyer was sentenced Thursday inside a Davidson County courtroom. This was the first case of a sex trafficking buyer being charged and convicted in the State of Tennessee. 

Franklin Sex Trafficking Suspect Previously Involved in Green Hills Raid

Fox17 reports one of the six people arrested in the Franklin parlor raids was also arrested by Metro Police in November after a raid on Green Hills parlor, with Derri Smith commenting.

(Eric Alvarez) NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- One of the six people charged with sex trafficking following a raid on massage parlors by Franklin police was also arrested by Metro Police in November after a raid on a massage parlor near the Bluebird Cafe.