LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The attorney general’s office has joined human trafficking prevention advocates, including law enforcement and survivors, on Monday at the Survivors’ Corner to urge the community to help stop trafficking at the 145th Kentucky Derby.
The office has published an online poster ahead of Derby to aid Kentuckians and visitors in identifying the signs of a human trafficking victim and how to report the crime.
The research team is reviewing the 95 substantiated cases of alleged child trafficking from 2013 to 2018. Preliminary results show that 87.4% of victims were females and the most commonly reported age was 15 years old. Of those children, 78.9% of victims were trafficked by a family member.
Beshear said if an individual is being exploited for commercial sex or labor, he or she can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888 (or text 233733) for immediate assistance. Interpreters are available for callers. To report suspected human trafficking of a child, call 877-KYSAFE1. Beshear said to dial 911 if you believe the individual is in immediate danger.