Thursday, May 26, 2011

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Mercy Ministries is excited to be a part of the “Trafficking In America Conference” at the Holiday Inn Opryland in Nashville, TN on June 10-12, 2011. Mercy Ministries Executive Director of Communications, Eve Annunziato, has been invited as a guest speaker at the conference.

Tickets are $59.00 per person between now and May 31, 2011. From June 1 until the day of the event, tickets will be $79.00. You can register for the event by clicking here.

For more information about this amazing conference, go to

Conference Call

Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming July conference call. We will be launching a new initiative that includes our Freedom Teams. If you would like to be a part of a Freedom Team, go to

Tennessee Survey Finds Laws Needed To Fight Sex Trafficking
By Regina Raccuglia - WSMV

Majority Of Respondents Say They Aren't Adequately Trained To Handle Cases

Law enforcement officials want better state laws and training to find and stop human sex trafficking in Tennessee, according to a study released Wednesday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Survey results from agencies across the state found that 85 percent of Tennessee counties have investigated at least one human sex trafficking case over the last 24 months. Seventy-two percent of Tennessee counties reported at least one case of human trafficking involving minors. Vanderbilt University's Center for Community Studies also participated in the study.

The survey of police, social service agencies, state and federal prosecutors and court representatives also found that a majority of respondents said they are not adequately trained to handle these cases. Focus group meetings held across the state suggested the state should impose heavier sentences and allow victims to sue their captors under civil law.

The General Assembly last year directed TBI to analyze the problem and develop recommendations. Tennessee has seen a number of high-profile sex trafficking cases in recent years.