Support: Financial support makes everything we do possible. With your support, we can increase our ongoing work of raising awareness about trafficking in Greater Chattanooga and Southeast Tennessee, strengthening collaborative action among our many organizational partners and coordinating area-wide services for recovered victims. Donate today.
Invite: Ask Second Life to hold an Awareness Meeting at your civic organization, church, college, middle or high school, etc.
Learn: Inform yourself about modern-day sex slavery by checking out our Resources page.
Post: Once a week, devote your Facebook status to anti-human trafficking. Here are some stats/links you can use!
- Every year an estimated 293,000 children are at risk of sexual exploitation in the United States. www.secondlifechattanooga.org
- For Tennessee statewide, the latest statewide data suggest 19 girls under 18 are commercially sexually exploited on a typical weekend night via Internet classifieds websites and escort services. (The Schapiro Group, “Adolescent Girls in the Tennessee Sex Trade,” August 2012) www.secondlifechattanooga.org
- According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 78 counties in Tennessee, 85%, reported at least one case of sex trafficking in 2009-2010.
- More than 250 girls sexually exploited in Georgia each month (A Future. Not A Past. & The Schapiro Group, 2007). www.secondlifechattanooga.org
- Second Life of Chattanooga is dedicated to ending sexual exploitation and slavery in the Greater Chattanooga area. www.secondlifechattanooga.org
- Who speaks for a victim trapped in human trafficking? You may be their only voice. Click here to watch and learn. www.secondlifechattanooga.org
Act: Take action against child sexual exploitation on the Internet by reporting any suspicious activity to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Contact: Write your local politician. Effective legislation is important for creating state laws that are comprehensive and victim-centered. Also, state legislation can raise awareness and increase local media attention, which helps to protect those at risk for trafficking, identify and rescue victims, provide victims with referrals to services, and prosecute traffickers.