TBI uncovers new trafficking tool during record-breaking tourism weekend

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On Tuesday, the Tennesse Bureau of Investigation announced an arrest in a multi-agency sting operation. 

The TBI said Taysha Jackson of Memphis is now charged with three counts of Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act. 

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In a statement the TBI said;

During the investigative efforts that resulted, authorities learned of a website not previously known to them, and upon searching it, observed advertisements for prostitution that seemed to display juveniles.

On Saturday night, the agencies coordinated a sting at a Brentwood-area hotel and, working in an undercover capacity, responded to the advertisement. At the appointed time, three juveniles and an adult arrived at the hotel. Two of the juveniles came to the hotel room with condoms and other items indicating an intent for sexual services.

TBI Communications Director Josh DeVine said of the sting, “We had individuals who were pursuing any and all leads.” 

When asked about the new website that was uncovered, DeVine said, “If one site goes away another one is liable to pop up.” 

Margie Quin, incoming CEO of the nonprofit, End Slavery Tennessee said the internet remains a prime resource for traffickers. 

“Those criminals are going to constantly evaluate their tactics in order to evade law enforcement.” 

Quin says there’s a variety of warning signs people can look for, especially for children who’ve been trafficked,

“They’re going to have means of support without any visible income. They’re going to have hotel room keys, money, phones, hair and nails done.” 

Quin says if people see something, they should always say something, Call the TBI hotline at 1-800-TBI-FIND
 

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