The Derby is a big event in Kentucky, and it is also a busy time for human traffickers. As Louisville is preparing for the sports event, victim advocates try to raise awareness. They point out the major warning signs of sex trafficking victims so that the public can identify them and call in help. There are a few typical signs such as branding, identical tattoos or not being able to identify where and with whom they are staying.
Law enforcement officials say that incidents of human trafficking increase whenever cities are holding major sporting events. It is also common that victims from other states are brought in, because such an event promises big business for the traffickers.