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4:41 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

New Kentucky Laws Go Into Effect Today

Kentucky state Capitol
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

A bevy of new state laws, ranging in subjects from ethics to kutzu, passed this year by the Kentucky General Assembly go into effect Tuesday.

The state constitution stipulates that laws without an “emergency” clause go into effect 90 days after the adjournment of a legislative session. The last day of the 2014 session was April 15.

Earlier: Takeaways From the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly Session

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9:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Human Trafficking Spikes During Kentucky Derby Week, Activists Say

Activists gathering to protest human trafficking in downtown Louisville.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

  The Kentucky Derby is often associated with roses, mint juleps and million-dollar horses, but some residents have a darker association with Louisville’s largest sporting event—human trafficking.

More than 20 million people worldwide are forced involved in forced labor, though it is difficult to determine how many people are forced into labor as a result of human trafficking because of the underground nature of the industry, according to data provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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7:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Project Seeks Volunteers to Combat Human Trafficking During the Kentucky Derby


An organization dedicated to ending human trafficking is asking for as many as 200 outreach volunteers to help combat human trafficking during the Kentucky Derby season.

Cities that host national events such as the Derby see "a huge increase in the number of potential victims" of human trafficking, said Matthew Clark, director of the Redlight Project. Clark said another concern is that many people, particularly minors, who run away or get lost in cities become entangled in human trafficking.

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11:20 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Human Trafficking Bill Passes Senate Committee, Poised to Become Kentucky Law

Sannie Overly
Credit Legislative Research Commission

A bill that would strengthen Kentucky's human trafficking laws has passed a Senate committee and appears ready to finally become law.

House Bill 3 is sponsored by state Rep. Sannie Overly, a Paris Democrat and the House majority caucus chair.. It's consider so-called "safe harbor legislation," which would require treatment for victims of human trafficking instead of legal ramifications, such as prostitution or immigration charges.

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