The Kentucky Derby will run on May 4. Large numbers of tourists from all around the world arrive in Louisville for this event. This is the perfect opportunity for sex traffickers to take advantage and offer their victims for prostitution.
The area around Churchill Downs will be of concern. Law enforcement agencies will be monitoring it for possible criminal activity.
Attorney General Andy Beshear identified sex trafficking as “modern-day slavery.” Last November, he announced a campaign for Kentucky hotel operators to sign a pledge to have their staff complete training to identify and report human trafficking. Kentucky will be working closely with organizations against human sex trafficking to increase public awareness.
Human trafficking is a large social and economic problem involving coercion, exploitation and oppression. Traffickers use force, fraud, violence, threats, lies and other forms of coercion to engage victims in commercial sex. Trafficking is not limited to sexual activities; it also forces people to work in other industries against their wills. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, sex trafficking is the most prevalent type of human trafficking labor. We have to help the victims of sex trafficking end this terrible ordeal.