Kentucky State Police carried out four simultaneous operations that put 46 human traffickers behind bars, and brought 21 victims to safety.
Detectives are calling it “Operation United Front” and they say it works.
Police say human trafficking is relatively new. It’s something that law enforcement says, they haven’t had a whole lot of experience dealing with.
Often times, trafficking goes across state lines, so agencies across the country are now coming together to share intel and bring trafficking operations down.
12 other states were involved in the operations of their own. All together 102 arrests were made.
However, no other state matched Kentucky’s results. Oklahoma was the state with the second highest number of arrests. They had 13.
Kentucky State Trooper Corey King says, “If you look at Kentucky alone, and this should be a warning to many parents, Kentucky is ranked 26th in the nation of population. We're 9th in human trafficking. It ought to tell you, there's something to us being 26th in population, yet 9th in human trafficking. It's here.”
Investigators say several of these cases were conducted through social media. Perpetrators would show up thinking they were going to meet a young girl and were met with law enforcement instead. This is something that police say parents need to be aware of.
“If it is willing to be in beautiful, small town USA, it's everywhere,” says Trooper King.
Law enforcement says technology, cell phones, and social media are a perpetrators playground. They’re urging parents to monitor their children’s activity online, because that is where human trafficking is at now.