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TBI Announces New Anti-Trafficking Billboard Campaign

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has announced a new effort to help educate citizens on the warning signs of human trafficking and how to help fight it.

New billboards are being planned as part of the TBI’s “It Has To Stop” campaign in an effort to direct people to www.ithastostop.com. The campaign is intended to increase awareness of how human trafficking impacts Tennessee and what the public can do to help fight it.

Installation of the billboards is set to begin this month, which is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and will continue through June.

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The new billboards were funded as part of a grant from the State of Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs and are on display in five major Tennessee cities. This year’s efforts mark TBI’s second electronic billboard campaign designed to educate the public about human trafficking’s warning signs, the state’s law against it, and how citizens can support the fight against the crime.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn said in a news release that the billboards are part of a broader effort to increase awareness of the warning signs of human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, it’s unacceptable, and it’s a crime in Tennessee,” Gwyn said. “We hope TBI’s public awareness campaign continues to shed some much-needed light on the issue, so we can increase the number of people who insist it has to stop in our state and beyond.”

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Currently, billboards are displaying TBI’s message in Knoxville on Lovell Road near Interstate 40 and in Johnson City on Roan Street south of U.S. 11E.

The new billboard designs feature the website ithastostop.com in bold text with pictures of women and messages that read “'Supply and demand’ shouldn’t apply to children,” “You shouldn’t be able to order a ‘date’ with a girl just like you’d order a pizza,” and “Victims as young as 12 years old. Aren’t we better than this, Tennessee?” The new designs are a stark reminder of who human trafficking affects and how it dehumanizes its victims.

This article originally appeared on KnoxNews.com Currently, billboards are displaying TBI’s message in Knoxville on Lovell Road near Interstate 40 and in Johnson City on Roan Street south of U.S. 11E.

The new billboard designs feature the website ithastostop.com in bold text with pictures of women and messages that read “'Supply and demand’ shouldn’t apply to children,” “You shouldn’t be able to order a ‘date’ with a girl just like you’d order a pizza,” and “Victims as young as 12 years old. Aren’t we better than this, Tennessee?” The new designs are a stark reminder of who human trafficking affects and how it dehumanizes its victims.

This article originally appeared on KnoxNews.com »

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