Bedford business owner charged with human trafficking - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Bedford business owner charged with human trafficking

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Jesus Chavez (Source: Carroll County Detention Center) Jesus Chavez (Source: Carroll County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Police say they've arrested the owner of a Bedford-based business and charged him with human trafficking.

According to a news release, 56-year-old Jesus Chavez is the owner and operator of Drain Pro, a general maintenance company.

Police say a man who had performed 60 hours of contract plumbing work for Chavez at a Sparta, Kentucky, Ramada Inn asked Chavez for payment, but he refused. Instead, police say Chavez threatened to contact Immigration and Customs and report the worker as an illegal immigrant if he went to the police. 

"When the complaintant continued to ask for his payment, Mr. Chavez threatened to contact ICE again to have him deported," the news release states.

On Monday, a grand jury indicted Chavez on one count of Human Trafficking. He was arrested at the Carroll County Public Library Wednesday.

"At this time, the Kentucky State Police has been assisted by the Commonwealth Attorney's Office, which covers Gallatin County, Homeland Security, Kentucky Attorney General's Office and the Department of State," the news release states.

According to the news release, a civil judgment was also issued against Chavez out of Clark County, Indiana, where police say he never paid employees for work performed in 2003.

Kentucky State Police is asking members of the public to come forward if they have any information on any additional human trafficking victims who may have worked for Chavez.

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