LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Crammed into a single motel room with three adults, a dozen youngsters were sent into the streets to sell candy. The sales team put in long hours and stayed out well past dark. They were told to pay for their own food with $2 to $3 an hour in pay — and had to deliver cash to their bosses daily.
The arrest of Shawn Floyd, an Indianapolis man charged a year ago with multiple felony human trafficking charges in Bowling Green, according to court records, drew little notice until the Kentucky Attorney General’s office levied more serious charges in February.
The allegations of forced labor and child exploitation — one kid was just 10 years old — highlight a rising concern among advocates in Louisville and across the country. They worry that the global pandemic and its economic devastation are creating a dangerous confluence of risk factors.
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