FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - An Indiana man has been arrested in Bowling Green for allegedly labor trafficking a dozen minors following a multi-agency investigation.
Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Tuesday that Shawn Floyd, 54, of Indianapolis, was charged with 12 misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, and one count of controlled substance prescription not in original container, also a misdemeanor. He faces up to year in jail, if convicted.
On July 12, Beshear’s office had been notified of about 25 solicitor permits issued in Bowling Green, mostly for minors. They had also received information concerning Floyd alleging possible human trafficking of minors occurring in Anderson, Daviess, Fayette, Jessamine and Warren counties over the past two years, and had an open investigation involving Floyd.
That same day, Bowling Green Police made a traffic stop on Floyd. A human trafficking investigator from the Office of the Attorney General responded to interview him. Floyd was arrested after the interview and 12 minors were taken into protective custody.
Floyd allegedly brought Indiana children to Kentucky to sell candy for him for profit and forced the 12 minors to sleep in one hotel room with three adults. The minors were forced to purchase their own meals and water. The youngest minor was 11. Kentucky labor law requires a person to be at least 14 years old to be employed.
“I want to commend the work of the Bowling Green Police Department and our human trafficking investigator,” Beshear said. “Their actions prevented any further possible exploitation or suffering for these children. When it comes to preventing such crimes, it requires cooperation across agencies and promoting awareness of such actions in every community.”
The investigation is ongoing in cooperation with the Bowling Green Police Department, the Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Department of Labor, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Office of the Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigations.