Louisville man charged with human trafficking

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT)  –  A Louisville man faces human trafficking and other charges, from an investigation by the Attorney General’s office, after receiving information that a minor was being advertised for prostitution.

 


Silky K. Clark, 39, was arrested for human trafficking, first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a forged instrument. 


The investigation began Sept. 21, 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.


“I am thankful for the law enforcement investigators who worked with us to make the arrest and locate the victim,” said Attorney General Andy Beshear. “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.”


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


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


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. The National human trafficking hotline number is 888-373-7888. 

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