Man accused of labor trafficking Indiana minors in Kentucky

An Indianapolis man has been charged with child labor law violations after allegedly bringing 12 children from Indiana to Kentucky to sell candy for him.

The Kentucky Attorney General told news outlets Tuesday that 54-year-old Shawn Floyd was being investigated for human trafficking of minors in several Kentucky counties over the past two years.

A statement from Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said Floyd was arrested Friday after a traffic stop. He was charged with 12 counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and having a controlled substance prescription not in its original container. The charges are misdemeanors.

Floyd and the 12 children are from Indiana with the youngest being an 11-year-old. Floyd forced the children to share a hotel room with three adults and made them buy their own meals, according to Beshear. Children under 14 are forbidden from working under Kentucky law.

The investigation is ongoing. It’s unclear whether Floyd has an attorney.

According to the statement, Beshear’s office had been notified earlier this month of about 25 solicitor permits issued in Bowling Green, Kentucky, mostly for minors. Beshear’s office had also received information referencing Floyd for possible human trafficking of minors occurring in Anderson, Daviess, Fayette, Jessamine and Warren counties in the Bluegrass State over the past two years and had an open investigation involving Floyd.

“On July 12, 2019, the Bowling Green Police Department made a traffic stop on Floyd. A human trafficking investigator from the Office of the Attorney General responded to interview him,” Beshear’s statement said. “During that interview, Floyd was detained and 12 minors were taken into protective custody.”

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