With about 300,000 people expected in Nashville for the NFL Draft, law enforcement and some nonprofits will be on alert for certain crimes.
“We will have girls come in,” said Rachel Irby, executive director of Unchained Movement. “There’s no question.”
“We’re gonna have a much larger demand for women.”
Irby and volunteers from her nonprofit will hit the streets looking for victims of sex trafficking.
“I’ve worked with clients that have said that their traffickers would take them to these big events,” Irby said.
They’ll canvass downtown during the draft.
“We won’t just be in one station,” Irby said. “We’ll be in various spots.”
They’ll hand out cards with information on how to get help and red flags to look for.
“Fear of making eye contact to different people,” Irby said.
Another sign is someone constantly looking over their shoulder and certain tattoos that pimps use as branding, according to Irby.
“Pimps will put their mark on girls,” she said.
Aside from the streets, Irby says strip clubs, bars, and even taxi stands might be places where traffickers put girls to work that weekend.
“This is about someone who is being used, who’s being bought, sold, and rented for sex,” she said.
It’s a crime Irby says happens all the time, one she hopes she can help stop one conversation at a time.
“We want people to know number one– don’t do this in our city,” Irby said, “Number two–there are girls out there that are victims. This is not a victimless crime.”
The number for the Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-855-558-6484.