More arrests expected from anti-human trafficking operation in southeast Kentucky
FRANKFORT, KY – A 31-year-old London man has been arrested and charged as part of an ongoing anti-human trafficking operation by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office in southeastern Kentucky.
Rahul Priyakart Patel was arrested May 16 at a hotel in London for allegedly agreeing to exchange cash for sex with a minor.
He was charged with promoting human trafficking with a minor under 18 years of age; and with unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.
The arrest was part of an anti-human trafficking operation in the London area by Beshear’s office with the assistance of the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department, London Police Department and Louisville Metro Police Department Special Victim’s Unit.
Patel was lodged in Laurel County Corrections with a $100,000 cash bond. His arraignment is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., May 18 in courtroom D in Laurel District Court.
“Human trafficking is modern day slavery that occurs in every county in our state, and the only way to raise awareness and prevent it is through working together in strong partnerships,” Beshear said. “I would like to thank London’s Police Chief Derek House, Laurel County Sheriff John Root, and Louisville Metro Police Department’s SVU Sergeant Tim Stokes in helping our office and our human trafficking prevention staff in keeping Kentucky’s children safe.”
Signs of a Victim of Human Trafficking
There is no one single indicator of human trafficking, but a combination of these signs are common in victims:
- Travel together and have identical tattoos, branding.
- Unable to identify what town or state they are in or where they are staying.
- Lack official identification documents and personal possessions.
- Appears malnourished and has physical injuries.
- Avoids eye contact and seems to adhere to limited, scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction.
- Loss of sense of time.
- Has possession of multiple pre-paid credit cards.
Reporting Human Trafficking
Beshear said it is the law to report any suspected case of child trafficking, and that everyone has a role to play in preventing human trafficking:
- If a human trafficking victim is in immediate danger dial 911.
- To report suspected human trafficking of a child, call 877-KYSAFE1.
- Victims of human trafficking may also call or text the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888. Interpreters are available for callers.