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Kentucky Joins 12-State Effort To Combat Human Trafficking

 Kentucky State Police Commissioner Phillip Burnett.
Gov. Andy Beshear YouTube
Gov. Andy Beshear YouTube
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Phillip Burnett.

On Wednesday, Governor Andy Beshear announced Kentucky took part in a 12-state effort to combat human trafficking.

More than 100 arrests were made throughout the 12 states. Authorities in Kentucky made 46 arrests — more than any of the other states. It also rescued more victims.

Kentucky State Police Detective Rugina Lunce said efforts took place in northern Kentucky, Elizabethtown, Bowling Green and McCracken County.

“The Bowling Green detail assisted by victims and made an arrest for human trafficking executed a search warrant on illicit massage parlor,” she said. “The McCracken County detail was an internet crimes against children operation.”

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Colonel Philip Burnett said Kentucky also rescued 21 human trafficking victims.

“These operations typically use undercover tactics and officers who arrange dates or meetings with potential human trafficking victims and rescue that victim or sex worker and provide needed services or poses a victim them sales and arrest buyers or traffickers,” he said.

A total of 59 victims were also rescued during the multistate operation. Most victims were located in Kentucky, which included two minors. Beshear said that it is believed to be the first human trafficking operation involving multiple states.

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Corinne Boyer is the health reporter for the Ohio Valley ReSource. Previously, she covered western Kansas for the Kansas News Service at High Plains Public Radio. She received two Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards for her reporting on immigrant communities. Before living on the High Plains, Corinne was a newspaper reporter in Oregon. She earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and interned at KLCC, Eugene’s NPR affiliate. Corinne grew up near the South Carolina coast and is a graduate of the College of Charleston. She has also lived in New York City and South Korea. Corinne loves running, checking out stacks of books and spending time with her rescue cat, Priya.
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