Prayer service for trafficking victims to be April 29

Women religious are planning a prayer service for victims of human trafficking on April 29 in preparation for Derby. A similar service, pictured above, was held last year, too.

Women religious are planning a prayer service for victims of human trafficking on April 29 in preparation for Derby. A similar service, pictured above, was held last year, too.

A public prayer service for victims of human trafficking will be held April 29 at 4:30 p.m. in Jefferson Square Park, at the intersection of Sixth and Jefferson Streets in downtown Louisville.

It will be led by women religious who anticipate an increase in trafficking during Kentucky Derby events.

“To date, the link between human trafficking and sporting events remains difficult to establish due to lack of sufficient quantitative data,” a press release from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth said. “Nevertheless, several experts affirm that there is a definite connection between the two and prevention policies must take this into account.

“The influx of fans fosters the optimal breeding ground for pimps looking to boost their profits,” the release said. “Experts say that the sheer number of men looking to pay for sex substantially increases demand and the massive crowds allow for pimps and victims to essentially go unnoticed.”

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