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Organization spreads awareness of human trafficking in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – In 2019, Kentucky ranked ninth in the United States in new federal criminal human trafficking cases.

Since 2007, there have been 1,030 reported cases of human trafficking in the Commonwealth, which includes 104 from 2020 alone.

In 2021, the state received 312 reports of human trafficking.

Trafficking is exploiting an individual for use as a commodity in the condition of either sexual or labor servitude.

Although human trafficking is usually perceived as someone tied up in a basement, in Kentucky, it is slightly different.

“For example, an individual may have an addiction, and they will sell their child for sex or for any reason just so they’d be able to get money or drugs,” said Heather Wagers, Executive Director of the Office of Trafficking and Abuse Prevention and Prosecution (TAPP).


“It’s hard to tell,” said Executive Director of Natalie’s Sisters Jani Lewis. “It could be anybody. It could be a girl in high school, a classmate. It could be a women who lives next door to you. It’s almost a relational thing, you have to know them, understand that things are changing in their lives and watch out for those things.”

“If something seems off, don’t shove it down and think ‘Oh it’s probably just me’”, Executive Director of Refuge for Women Michelle Frank said. “If something seems off, that’s good insight, go forward to people who you think could help.”

Children are at significant risk for trafficking. Particularly in part because of the use of by traffickers to groom their victims. If you see something that may not be right, that can be the difference in saving a child.

 

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EYES ON TRAFFICKING

This “Eyes on Trafficking” story is reprinted from its original online location.

ABOUT PBJ LEARNING

PBJ Learning is a leading provider of online human trafficking training, focusing on awareness and prevention education. Their interactive Human Trafficking Essentials online course is used worldwide to educate professionals and individuals how to recognize human trafficking and how to respond to potential victims. Learn on any web browser (even your mobile phone) at any time.

More stories like this can be found in your PBJ Learning Knowledge Vault.