NASHVILLE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a follow-up study to the 2011 report on Human Sex Trafficking and its impact on Children and Youth. The follow-up study profiles minor sex trafficking cases of Tennessee counties and provides statistical comparisons between cases reported from law enforcement and non-law enforcement responders.
This study also analyzes the data in Tennessee counties that reported the highest numbers of minor sex trafficking. Numerous factors within each county have also been examined and compared in an effort to identify circumstances or conditions that may place an individual at risk for becoming a victim.
The Geography of Trafficking in Tennessee 2013 Quick Facts
- Of the 941 respondents to the 2011 TBI study survey, 49% were from rural TN counties
- Of the total rural respondents, 42% reported knowing of cases of sex trafficking in their jurisdiction
- Many more cases of sex trafficking were reported by social service respondents than by law enforcement respondents
- Counties that reported over 100 cases of minor sex trafficking were Coffee, Davidson, Knox and Shelby
- Counties that reported 26-100 cases of minor sex trafficking were Franklin, Rutherford, Warren, Carter, Hamilton, Lawrence, Madison, Roane and Washington
- Counties that reported 16-25 cases of minor sex trafficking were Bradley, Dickson, Lake, Lewis, Marshall, Montgomery, Putnam and Sevier
As of July 2013, twelve new anti-human trafficking laws have been created to address this epidemic. Domestic issues, the drug trade, poverty and other socio-economic factors serve as catalysts for human sex trafficking. This report shows that minor sex trafficking occurs in rural and urban areas of Tennessee and has an effect in both wealthy and poor households. It was also discovered that minors who come from impoverished households may be especially vulnerable to victimization. To view the follow-up study in its entirety, click here.
NASHVILLE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Rodney Jennings Jr. of Chattanooga, TN.
Rodney Jennings Jr. aka “Big Head” is wanted by the Chattanooga Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Currently, Chattanooga Police have charged Jennings with one count of First Degree Murder and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
On January 28, 2014, at approximately 6:44 in the evening, Chattanooga Police responded to a person shot call at 2753 6th Avenue. Upon arrival, a male victim, 25 year old Raphael White, was transported by ambulance to Erlanger Hospital with a gunshot wound. He died at the hospital. Through routine investigative methods, 27 year old Rodney Jennings Jr. was identified as the suspect in this homicide. The exact motive and circumstances of this incident are still under investigation.
Rodney Jennings Jr., age 27, of Hamilton County, has a last known address of 3316 Delong Street in Chattanooga. He is described as an African American male with black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 5 foot 3 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds.
Jennings has a criminal history of assault and vandalism. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rodney Jennings is urged to call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
MEMPHIS, TN-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Shelby County woman for Murder and Robbery.
On February 12th, 2014 at approximately 6:00 PM, TBI Agents and members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department arrested Tanuja L. Rivers, age 19, of Arlington, TN at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. She has been charged with one count of Felony First Degree Murder and one count of Especially Aggravated Robbery. Through routine investigative methods, enough probable cause was developed to charge Rivers for this homicide. The motive and exact circumstances surrounding this event are still being determined. Rivers is being held at the Fayette County Jail on a $1,000,000.00 bond.
On Friday, December 6, 2013, 43 year old Zewdneh Assemu of Bartlett, was found beaten and stabbed to death by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office in a field near Highway 196 North. The cab Assemu was driving was located near the scene along with some of his personal belongings. The victim was found after his wife reported him missing to police. At the request of the Office of District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began the investigation with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.
COOKEVILLE, TN-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the White County Sheriff’s Office and the 13th District Attorney General’s Office conducted an investigation into a homicide that occurred at a Dollar General store on Robert Mathews Highway in Cookeville.
On February 9, 2014, at approximately 7:45 PM, a female victim identified as Jill Farley, age 36 of Cookeville, drove into the parking lot at the Dollar General. She waited in the car while her passenger went inside the store. A clerk inside the store saw a struggle inside of Farley’s vehicle. The clerk and Farley’s passenger went outside to the car and saw that Farley was severely injured. The clerk called 911 and advised that he saw a male and a female get into a dark colored vehicle and left out of the parking lot in a hurry. Jill Farley was transported to the hospital and later succumbed to her injuries at Cookeville Regional Hospital.
After a thorough investigation from all agencies, the case was presented to a White County Grand Jury on February 13, 2014. There was an indictment returned for one count of Felony Murder and one count of Aggravated Robbery for 36 year old Brian Logan, aka Allyn Hodges and 26 year old Miranda Brown of Sparta, TN.
They are both currently being held at the White County Jail on drug charges. They were both served with the murder and robbery charges while in custody.
At the time of this release, photos of the defendants in this case were unavailable.
NASHVILLE-In a joint investigative effort, members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Bomb and Arson Unit (SFMO B&A), the State Department of Homeland Security and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department have developed leads in this incident that caused the immediate death of Jon Setzer, age 74 and the recent death of his wife, Marion Setzer, age 72.
Richard Parker, age 49, of Lebanon, was arrested and taken into custody at his residence today. The intelligence gathered and evidence collected provided enough probable cause to arrest Parker for this double homicide. The case was presented to a Wilson County Grand Jury and they returned indictments for two counts of Felony First Degree Murder and two counts of Pre-Meditated First Degree Murder. He also has been charged with an additional count of Unlawful Possession of a Prohibited Weapon. Parker is being held at the Wilson County Jail on a $1,000,000.00 bond. His criminal history has one Arson conviction in Giles County in 1993. He had four years of probation subsequent to his conviction.
On February 10, 2014, at approximately 5:00 PM, members of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call about an explosion at 580 Vance Lane in Lebanon. Upon arrival, Jon Setzer was found deceased and Marion Setzer was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital. On yesterday, Marion Setzer succumbed to her injuries in the hospital.
This investigation is still active and ongoing. The motive and exact circumstances surrounding this incident are still being determined.
NASHVILLE-In a joint investigative effort, members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the ATF, State Bomb and Arson, US Postal Inspectors, the State Department of Homeland Security and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department are developing leads which led to the death of an elderly man yesterday.
On February 10, 2014, at approximately 5:00 PM, members of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call about an explosion at 580 Vance Lane in Lebanon. Upon arrival, a male was found deceased and an injured female was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital.
After a preliminary survey of the area, it was determined that an unknown package exploded. Any specific information regarding the package and the circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation. Currently, the crime scene is being processed and evidence collected.
The male victim has been identified as John Setzer, age 74 and the injured female is Marion Setzer, age 72. Authorities involved in this incident are examining evidence from this event and are probing leads to develop any suspect or suspects.
Anyone who locates a package that they think is suspicious is urged to contact their local law enforcement agency. Additionally, anyone with information about this incident is urged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is an $8,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction in this case.