Wednesday’s arrest of 51 year old Anthony “Tony” Baker, accused of providing drugs and alcohol to minors at parties he hosted, was applauded by many parents who had reached out to police with concerns. However, Pikeville Police Chief Chris Edmonds says their investigation into Baker’s activities actually began after he was recently implicated in a human trafficking investigation.
Officials with Judi’s Place for Kids say the term “human trafficking” is often misunderstood. Assistant Director of Judi’s Place for Kids, Pamela Taylor, says there are many more cases of human trafficking in eastern Kentucky than people realize. She paints the picture of what human trafficking looks like in our region in the video below.