Man accused of bringing children into town to sell candy is accused of human trafficking

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Warren County grand jury Wednesday indicted an Indianapolis man on 12 counts of human trafficking.

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 2019 release from the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, 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.

An initial arrest citation issued against Floyd last year read that he had multiple children in his care and was running a program he referred to as Youth in Action. Police said in his citation the children in his care worked about 10 hours outside when the heat index was above 100 degrees.

Floyd was arrested last year on multiple endangerment charges. In a superseding indictment issued Wednesday, he is now charged with human trafficking.

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

Floyd was initially arrested July 13 and released from the Warren County Regional Jail July 15 on a $1,000 bond set by Warren District Judge John Brown.

Floyd’s bond remains $1,000. He is scheduled for a court hearing here next month.