LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – As the Kentucky Derby approaches, law enforcement and state officials are asking people to be vigilant and help identify human trafficking.
More than 100 potential human trafficking victims were in Kentucky in 2017, according to the Human Trafficking Task Force Report released by Attorney General Andy Beshear's office.
"Human trafficking occurs in our communities every day of the year, and after Derby festivities end in Kentucky the crime does not," Beshear said in a press release. "My office and our partners are encouraging Derby-goers, concerned citizens and businesses – including racetracks, bars and hotels – to help us identify human trafficking victims and report the crime."
According to the Attorney General's office the signs of human trafficking include:
- Travel together and have identical tattoos, branding.
- Unable to identify what town or state they are in or where they are staying.
- Lack official identification documents and personal possessions.
- Appears malnourished and has physical injuries.
- Avoids eye contact and seems to adhere to limited, scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction.
- Loss of sense of time.
- Has possession of multiple pre-paid credit cards.
If you suspect human trafficking you are asked to call 911 if the person appears to be in immediate danger. You can also report suspected trafficking by calling 877-KYSAFE1. Victims of human trafficking can call or text the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888. Interpreters are available for callers.