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WDRB investigation to reveal top three locations for human trafficking

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Children, teens, men and women—selling their bodies for sex.

Human trafficking is a problem in Louisville, and in 2008, The Louisville Metro Human Trafficking Task Force was formed to combat it. It is now comprised of more than 30 organizations, including the FBI, U.S. Marshals, and LMPD. It also includes different community groups.

Police say they see a spike in trafficking around big events, like Derby and the Farm Machinery show, and when the NCAA tournament is in town.

Dianna Anderson, a victims' advocate, who also works for E.C.H.O., the Exploited Children's Help Organization, says national statistics show that 90 percent of victims were sexually abused as a child. In Louisville, Anderson says the average age of a victim is 12. She says wanted to do something about the human trafficking problem in her hometown.

She and a University of Louisville professor began tracking backpage.com for indicators of human trafficking. It is a website where so-called escorts post their services.

"I just had this curiosity of what does trafficking look like in Louisville? I'm from Louisville born and raised, grew up in Jtown." "For 15 months, every day, 6-7 hours a day, we were pulling data," said Anderson.

Their results surprised them. "I learned my lesson really quick," said Anderson, about the data.

"This is a topic that needs to be talked about at the dinner table among your parents, your siblings, your relatives your loved ones," said Angela Renfro of the Kristy Love Foundation.

Sex trafficking is happening all around us -- and people in our community are working to expose the growing problem, as well as the area where it is happening the most.

"I think they're going to be probably mortified -- as most people are -- when we get in front of them and show them this information," said Dianna Anderson of the Louisville Metro Human Trafficking Task Force.

Tonight in our 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts, we'll reveal the top three spots for human trafficking in our area, and why it's getting so easy to lure young people into it. Plus, hear from a woman who got caught up in the dark business at the age of 9.

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