Tennessee takes a tough stand against human trafficking

Tennessee takes a tough stand against human trafficking (Image 1)

Survivors and advocates against human trafficking gathered in Nashville on Thursday, at a time when the state is credited for developing one of the most comprehensive anti-trafficking programs in the nation.

After a conference Thursday, survivor Dawn Worswick shared her story with Nashville's News 2.

“I was taken from my parents, and I was trafficked within the care of child protective services. I made child porn for four years, I was three to seven,” said Worswick.

It is a difficult story to hear but Worswick said she shares her story where ever she can, so people understand that human trafficking is something that affects everyday people, even right here in middle Tennessee.

“I saw a case of a girl and this guy was 29 and he really manipulated her, and told her how much he liked her and she was searching for love,” said Worswick.

Dr. Daniel Bercu heads the non-profit Free for Life International in Franklin.

He applauds Tennessee's new laws that create harsher penalties on traffickers and extends the window of time for prosecutors to pursue cases.

Under the new laws, authorities will also be able to prosecute people paying for sex as traffickers.

Bercu believes the new laws will help dispel a disturbing trend.

“The trend has become there is more domestic than foreign victims in middle Tennessee,” said Bercu.

Worswick said after making it though the unthinkable, she is glad perpetrators will be held accountable in Tennessee.

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