February FACT Forum Discusses Link Between Pornography and Sex Trafficking in TN

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (February 19, 2014) —Tiffany Leeper, a nationally known advocate for the more than one million children worldwide who have been enslaved by the $35 billion pornography and sex trafficking industries—including minors in Memphis, Nashville, and some rural Tennessee counties—is the featured speaker at the West Tennessee FACT Forum on Thursday, Feb. 27, in Germantown.

Leeper is a sought-after speaker, recognized across the country for her efforts to enforce laws against pornography, sex trafficking, and child abuse. Her FACT Forum topic, “Partners in Crime: Pornography and Sex Trafficking,” discusses the explosive growth of these industries in our country and what can be done to help combat their spread and save lives from being destroyed.

Startling statistics released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and by Abolition International show how the effects of sex trafficking are being felt in Tennessee and across the United States:

  • 62 counties in Tennessee report the presence of sex trafficking of minors.
  • 12-14 is the average age of girls trafficked into prostitution in the United States.
  • Sex trafficking is the second largest illegal crime in the world, right behind drugs.
  • 100,000 American children have been forced into commercial sex trade.

Open to the public and sponsored by the Family Action Council of Tennessee, the FACT Forum will be held at The Great Hall & Conference Center, 1900 S. Germantown Road, Germantown, from 7 to 8 p.m. (CST). An opportunity to meet the speaker begins at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.The program will be followed by questions and answers.

Leeper is the founder and president of Girls Against Porn & Human Trafficking, an organization formed to fight pornography on the Internet and protect the rights of children. The group’s awareness campaigns so far have improved filtering of Internet services at most major airlines, stopped the opening of a porn club on a college campus, and blocked nominees with questionable backgrounds from appointed positions in government.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit factn.org.