Louisville man gets hefty sentence for human trafficking

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - A Louisville man has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal human trafficking charges.

Silky K. Clark, 41, was arrested in September 2017 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, following an investigation by the Attorney General’s office.

The investigation began 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 the juvenile was safely recovered by a joint effort involving the Department of Criminal Investigations and Louisville Metro Police.

The case was later transferred to the federal court system, where Clark pleaded guilty to two charges, charges of Sex Trafficking of a Minor and Production of Child Pornography.

“Sadly, human trafficking does not just impact one city or area,” said Attorney General Andy Beshear. “It occurs in every county, city and community, and that is why I have made fighting this horrible crime one of my top priorities.”

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, in addition to a 262-month prison sentence, Clark faces 25 years of supervised release after completing his prison sentence and must make $61,500 in restitution.

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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