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AG, others warn of sex trafficking ahead of Kentucky Derby

Andy Beshear
Posted at 8:36 AM, Apr 23, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, prosecutors and victim advocates are calling for heightened awareness of human trafficking as Louisville prepares for the Kentucky Derby.

Law enforcement officials say incidents of human trafficking, including bringing in victims from other states, increases when cities host major sporting events.

Beshear joined Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell Monday in Louisville with groups that assist trafficking victims. The attorney general's office published an online poster to help identify the signs of a human trafficking victim and how to report the crime.

Beshear said several signs that are common among victims of human trafficking are identical tattoos, branding and not being able to identify where they are or where they are staying.

See below for ways to report human trafficking:

  • Call 911 if someone is in immediate danger.
  • Call 877-KYSAFE1 to report suspected human trafficking.
  • Victims of human trafficking can call or text the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.