Troopers: Human trafficking victim gives birth after she was sold by own father

Troopers: Human trafficking victim gives birth after she was sold by own father
Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 2:00 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2021 at 6:17 PM CST
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BEAVER DAM, Ky. (WFIE) - A man is charged with human trafficking after Kentucky State Police said he sold his daughter.

“It’s really disheartening, because we have for many years put the monster’s face on technology,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Corey King said. “Technology seems to be where all of these people tend to find our children, but in this situation, this was parents.”

Kentucky State Police said their troopers, along with social services, launched an investigation after they learned the young girl gave birth back in March, according to a report from WFIE.

They said the girl was sold to another man in August 2020 and had been living with him. They say they believe that man is the father of the baby.

That man is charged with rape.

Both men are in the Ohio County Jail. The names of the men were not released by WFIE in an effort to protect the identity of the victim.

Troopers said the victim and her baby are now in foster care. According to the Kentucky State Police, the investigation is ongoing and there could be more charges and arrests.

King says this case is unlike any one he’s seen.

“Parents sold their child,” King said. “That in itself is new for us here, but it’s scary overall because now do some of these monsters have a face of a parent? That’s really scary to me as a parent.”

Signs of human trafficking may appear as physical or mental abuse, according to the Kentucky State Police. Victims may not have control over their own money, ID or personal possessions, be able to speak on their own behalf or unable to leave on their own.

They may appear to be fearful or submissive, and not know what city or state they are in or where they are living.

Human trafficking victims may also work excessively long hours and can be found in restaurants, farming, massage parlors and soliciting at hotels, parking lots or house to house.

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