LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3)– Human trafficking is always a problem at large events. Louisville Metro Police are encouraging visitors to be mindful and are providing spectators with a list of warning signs.
WAVE 3 News says LMPD will be setting up trafficking stings during the week of Derby. Detectives on the force have access to software that allows them to see ads and posts from multiple websites.
Officers want to warn visitors to keep an eye out for victims of trafficking.
Sgt. Tim Stokes, a Louisville Metro Police Department Detective in the Major Crimes Division, explained to WAVE 3 News what to look for in a victim, especially near motels, hotels, and other lodgings.
“Look for that child, and they are clearly going to be children, that don’t belong. Look at the child that’s dressed completely inappropriately and way above her age,” Stokes advised. “If they aren’t accompanied by anyone or they are accompanied by people they can’t really tell you what that relationship is. They oftentimes won’t have an I.D. and won’t be able to tell you where they are from or what city they are in at this point. Those are all signs that something is not quite right.”
If you see something, say something. You may just save a life.