AG’s office investigates welfare of children engaged in outdoor sales

Beshear: Probe is "ongoing labor trafficking investigation"

UPDATE: In this story you read first on WNKY.com and watched first on WNKY40 Monday, the Kentucky Attorney General’s office has released additional information on the case of a man accused of endangering minors in what the AG’s office is calling a “labor trafficking” investigation.

Shawn Floyd, 54, is accused of bringing 12 children with him from Indiana to sell candy for profit and forcing them to sleep in one hotel room with three adults. In a release, the AG’s office said the children were forced to buy their own food and water and the youngest child was 11. The minimum age for employment under Kentucky Labor Law is 14 years old.

A human trafficking investigator from Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear’s Office is investigating this case, according to the release.

Floyd has not been charged with human trafficking.

A spokesman for the AG’s office said the investigation remains ongoing.

“I want to commend the work of the Bowling Green Police Department and our human trafficking investigator,” Beshear said in the release. “Their actions prevented any further possible exploitation or suffering for these children. When it comes to preventing such crimes, it requires cooperation across agencies and promoting awareness of such actions in every community.”

Beshear’s office was tipped off to the case July 12 when someone notified his office that 25 solicitor permits were issued in Bowling Green mostly for minors.

“Beshear’s office had also received information referencing Floyd for possible human trafficking of minors occurring in Anderson, Daviess, Fayette, Jessamine and Warren counties over the past two years and had an open investigation involving Floyd,” according to the release.

EARLIER, reported Monday:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – An investigator with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office arrested an Indianapolis man Saturday in Bowling Green on 12 counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Shawn Floyd, 54, had multiple children in his care and was running a program he referred to as Youth in Action, according to his arrest citation. Police said in his citation the children in his care worked about 10 hours outside when the heat index was above 100 degrees.

He is accused of not providing those children with water while allowing them to engage in sales activity for profit.

Some children went 10 hours without food, according to his citation. Some engaged in sales activity without an adult present.

A total of 15 people, including the children, slept in one hotel room, according to the citation.

Attorney General Andy Beshear, who was visiting Bowling Green today, said he couldn’t comment on the particulars of this investigation but referred to it in general terms as “human trafficking.”

“And every human trafficking investigation is so critical” because the survivors have been “harmed” in ways most people can’t imagine, he said.

Floyd has not been charged with human trafficking.

Floyd is also accused of having three prescription pills that were not in a proper container.

Floyd was lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail. His bond is set at $1,000. He was arraigned Monday in Warren District Court.