The Office of the Attorney General has established itself as 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. Human trafficking victims are often the most marginalized in society – victims of abuse and violence, runaways, refugees, immigrants or those who are homeless.
The Office of Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Prevention and Prosecution is working on multiple human trafficking cases and has assisted local law enforcement with resources in an effort to resolve nearly a hundred other human trafficking complaints. The office offers training to organizations throughout the Commonwealth and has trained more than 1,500 individuals statewide, while forging partnerships with the trucking and hospitality industries and the Baptist Convention.
Along with Catholic Charities of Louisville, 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.
In 2016, the Office of the Attorney General arrested more online child predators than in any other year in the history of the office. The number of arrests, indictments and convictions totaled nearly 80. Cyber crime investigators also assist with the forensic review of technology in local human trafficking cases.
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