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Juvenile found, Louisville man arrested for human trafficking

AG's office, local law enforcement worked together to make arrest. Case started with a tip in Lexington of a juvenile being advertised for prostitution, then followed trail to Louisville, where arrest was made. "Over the last year, Beshear has established the Office of the Attorney General as the leading agency fighting human trafficking, a modern-day form of slavery in which adults and children are forced into sex or labor services," writers say.
NOTE: Indictments are considered formal charges. An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceeding.

By Terry Sebastian or Crystal Staley
News from the Office of Attorney General Andy Beshear.

FRANKFORT, KY - (Mon 25 Sep 2017) - Today, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced his office apprehended a Louisville man on multiple charges, including human trafficking, after receiving information that a juvenile was being advertised for prostitution.

Silky K. Clark, 39, of Louisville, was arrested last week by Beshear's Department of Criminal Investigations and charged with human trafficking, a Class C felony. Clark was also charged with first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class C felony; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, a Class C felony; possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony; possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class B misdemeanor; and criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class B misdemeanor.


Beshear said the investigation is ongoing and further criminal charges are likely.

"I am thankful for the law enforcement investigators who worked with us to make the arrest and locate the victim," Beshear said. "Sadly, human trafficking does not just impact one city or area - it occurs in every county, city and community and that is why I have made fighting this horrible crime one of my top priorities."

The investigation into Clark began September 21, KY, after the Lexington Human Trafficking Task Force received information about a juvenile being advertised for prostitution. After it was determined that the juvenile was no longer in the Lexington area, the Attorney General's Department of Criminal Investigations enlisted the assistance of the Louisville Metro Police Department, Jefferson County Sherriff's Office, Kentucky State Police and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

After hours of surveillance and utilizing modern law enforcement technology, Clark was arrested in Louisville, and within a few hours the juvenile was safely recovered by a joint effort involving the Department of Criminal Investigations and the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Clark is currently being held at the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 3, 2017, in Jefferson District Court.

Over the last year, Beshear has established the Office of the Attorney General as the leading agency fighting human trafficking, a modern-day form of slavery in which adults and children are forced into sex or labor services.

The AG's office, along with Catholic Charities of Louisville, received a federal grant in 2016, the first Department of Justice grant ever awarded to a Kentucky agency for human trafficking. The federal grant provides support to the statewide human trafficking taskforce in its efforts to develop a process for collecting and interpreting data on human trafficking and model protocols for victim-centered response, investigation and prosecution of these cases.

The funding allowed a specially trained human trafficking investigator to be hired.

In 2016, Beshear's office arrested more online child predators than any year in the history of the office. His cyber crime investigators also assist with the forensic review of technology on local human trafficking cases.

Beshear said that his office will continue to fight to protect trafficking victims who are often the most marginalized in society - victims of abuse and violence, runaways, refugees, immigrants or those who are homeless.

To learn more about human trafficking and efforts to fight it, contact the Attorney General's Office of Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Prevention and Prosecution at 502-696-5300 or visit Catholic Charities of Louisville Rescue and Restore program website at http://www.rescueandrestoreky.org. The national human trafficking hotline number is 888-373-7888.


This story was posted on 2017-09-26 02:51:20
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