The TBI says that Tennessee is leading the nation in the fight against human trafficking. They say that Shared Hope has ranked Tennessee Number 1 in a 2017 report card citing that the state received a 96.5 rating. The report states that the states’ single flaw is that Tennessee imposes substantial penalties for sex trafficking and provides tools for law enforcement to investigate effectively, but victims may be deterred from pursuing justice due to a lack of trial protections and potential bars to victims’ compensation. TBI Director Mark Gwyn said the progress Tennessee has made over the past five years is significant and proves the value of partnership. Gwyn said his office will not rest but will keep working until that score is 100%.