TENNESSEE -

According to the U.S. Department of Justice and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, at least 100-thousand children are bought and sold in this country for sexual exploitation, with the average age of those children being 13 years old.

That rising number is the reason the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launched a new outreach to raise awareness of human trafficking in the state.

The campaign, called "It Has To Stop", aims at increasing awareness of human trafficking in the Volunteer State.

The campaign website feature information, research and statistics, video and links to join nonprofits and other groups to fight the problem.

The TBI says it hopes the new effort will increase awareness of the crime and provide resources to help victims of human trafficking find a way out.