LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A state agency says child protection officials in Kentucky investigated 20 allegations of human trafficking involving 25 children from late June through mid-October.
The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1ks7AuN ) reports the cases included children prostituting themselves for drugs and a guardian offering to sell a child for money or place the child in a prostitution ring. The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services submitted the report to the Legislative Research Commission.
The annual report is required by the Human Trafficking Victim's Rights Act, a state law that went into effect this year.
Gretchen Hunt, a staff attorney for the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, says the new law is raising awareness of the problem of trafficking children.
Under the new law, the victims are no longer viewed as criminal.