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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.
How does the office support the Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force?
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.
What type of training does the office provide to prevent human trafficking?
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. Most recently the office launched a training called, “See Something – Say Something – Save a Life!” The training is the state’s first coordinated effort that encourages Kentucky hotel owners to sign a pledge to have their front line staff complete an online human trafficking training.
What are some of the signs to help me recognize human trafficking?
A victim of labor or sex 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