The AG is working with TARC to provide training for managers, dispatchers and bus drivers to detect signs of human trafficking. | File photo

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office is partnering with TARC to provide transit employees with the know-how to spot and report human trafficking in the Louisville area.

Beginning Oct. 29, Andy Beshear’s Office of Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Prevention and Prosecution will begin the training, which will be tailored to the specific needs of nearly 400 TARC managers, dispatchers and bus drivers, according to a news release.

The training is expected to include guidance on the signs of human trafficking, questions to ask suspected victims and reporting protocols, the release said.

There also are plans for awareness signage, including window clings for more than 200 buses and a wallet card for each driver. Brochures will be distributed at the training thanks to the Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) Busing on the Lookout program.

“As an agency that interacts with the public every day, the training provided by the Attorney General’s office positions us to be of great service in recognizing and reporting signs of trafficking in our region,” TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker said in the release.

The initiative is part of a series of efforts by Beshear to fight human trafficking, a crime that often involves children being targeted for sex or labor.

“Our partnership with TARC presents a momentous opportunity to confront human trafficking throughout Greater Louisville,” Beshear said in the release.

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