Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and it’s happening here.
Trafficking in persons shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use by force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving and receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
A child being groomed for a sexual purpose: Commercial sex work, sex shows, pornography, abuse through new technologies including online sexual exploitation with the use of web cameras, stripping, non-commercial sexual exploitation and marriage for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
Sexual violence against children is recognized internationally as the most severe violation of their human rights and the worst form of child abuse and exploitation. It can have severe, long-term and even life threatening effects on a child’s physical, psychological, spiritual, emotional and social development.
Kentucky is a “pass through state” meaning that women or men who are trafficked tend to come from other cities, but come through Kentucky on their way from one point to another. Traffickers prefer to make the victim leave the area they are from to lessen the chance they would run.
Our interstate highway system along with high profile sporting events like the Kentucky Derby have made the state part of the trafficking pipeline.
It’s a fact that Human Trafficking is a crime of “epidemic proportion”according to the FBI.