Derby-goers: Keep an eye out for Human Trafficking

Louisville, KY. (WTVQ) — According to Local Advocates and Attorney General Andy Beshear, Derby-goers should keep an eye out for people involved in human trafficking.

“The Derby is one of the greatest sporting events in the world and one all Kentuckians can take great pride in,” Beshear said. “But unfortunately there are individuals who use large sporting events like the Derby to traffic children and adults for sex and labor.”

Beshear said signs of possible human trafficking include:

  • Fearful and reluctant to talk to outsiders
  • Inability to clarify where he/she is staying or give an address
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or of what city he/she is in
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story
  • Has possession of multiple pre-paid credit cards
  • Does not have possession or access to his/her identification documents
  • Signs of physical abuse, such as bruises, broken bones, burns and scarring
  • Branding tattoos, which may have an image or the name of the person trafficking them

The purchase of anyone’s body for sex or sexual acts is illegal, added Beshear, and the victims of sex and labor trafficking may be forced to depend on drugs, be coerced through threats, violence, lies, and manipulation.

To report suspected human trafficking of a child, call 877-KYSAFE1 or dial 911 if you believe the individual is in immediate danger.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is also available for immediate assistance, with Interpreters available for callers at 1-888-373-7888

“Kentucky is facing growth in child trafficking,” Beshear said. “Human labor and sex trafficking are far more prevalent in Kentucky than most people realize. ”

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