The Office of the Attorney General is the leading agency in Kentucky's fight against human trafficking, a modern-day form of slavery in which adults and children are forced into sex or labor services. The Office of Trafficking and Abuse Prevention and Prosecution handles human trafficking cases and assists local law enforcement with resources in an effort to resolve nearly a hundred other human trafficking complaints.
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How does the office support the Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force?
The office received a federal grant in 2016, the first Department of Justice grant ever awarded to a Kentucky agency to address human trafficking. The federal grant provides support to the Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force in its efforts to develop a process for collecting and interpreting data on human trafficking and model protocols for victim-centered response, investigation, and prosecution of these cases. The funding allowed a specially-trained human trafficking investigator to be hired.
What type of training does the office provide to prevent human trafficking?
The Office of the Attorney General is offering the following human trafficking prevention training.
December 16, 2020,
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
January 14, 2021
8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
February 5, 2021
Assault Investigations Training
Human Trafficking Summit
Symposium on Sex Trafficking and Opioids
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8:30 a.m. - 6:45 p.m. ET
What are the signs of human trafficking?
A victim of human trafficking:
- May show signs of physical or mental abuse
- May not have control over their own money, ID or personal possessions
- May not be able to speak on their own behalf or unable to leave on their own
- May appear to be fearful or submissive
- May not know what city or state they are in, or where they are living
- May work excessively long hours
- Can be found in restaurants, farming, massage parlors and soliciting at hotels, parking lots or house to house
Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign
In January 2021, Attorney General Cameron's Office of Trafficking and Abuse Prevention and Prosecution (TAPP) launched a statewide human trafficking awareness campaign, "Your Eyes Save Lives." The campaign combats human trafficking by raising awareness of the signs of human trafficking and empowers citizens, law enforcement, and community leaders to report suspected trafficking.
The campaign, launched on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, utilizes traditional and digital communication platforms like billboards, social media, radio, and print publications to reach citizens in all 120 Kentucky counties while targeting regions at an increased risk for human trafficking. The campaign aims to shatter victim stereotypes and raise awareness about the signs of trafficking and reporting methods. The Attorney General's campaign will also include resources to assist community educators, law enforcement officers, and faith-based leaders in recognizing the signs of human trafficking.
Funded by a grant from the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), the initiative complements the passage of House Bill 2 by the General Assembly during the 2020 Legislative session, which armed the Attorney General's office with new ways to crack down on human trafficking. The new law, which took effect on July 15, 2020, makes it easier for the Attorney General to prosecute traffickers and aids the office in raising awareness about human trafficking by requiring airports, truck stops, bus stations, and train stations to post signs displaying the National Human Trafficking Hotline number.
During a December 16, 2020, virtual training, the Attorney General's Office updated 130 multi-disciplinary team members regarding policy reform enacted by House Bill 2, which aligned Kentucky's human trafficking statutes with existing federal laws. Under the Your Eyes Save Lives campaign, the office will continue to provide training regarding these changes to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, advocates, and educators.
Learn more about the campaign by visiting YourEyesSaveLives.ky.gov.