Two arrested on human trafficking charges in Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Bowling Green police say two people are facing human trafficking charges after forcing a woman to engage in sex acts with men.

On Thursday, Aug. 11, the Bowling Green Police Department was notified of a disturbance at the Ramada Inn on Scottsville Road.

BGPD stated officers arrived and spoke with Portier Govan, who told police a false claim that a man had pulled a gun on him the day prior and the man then confronted him in the parking lot of the hotel. However, BGPD stated this was determined to be false.

According to authorities, officers found two women associated with Govan, and one of them appeared to be scared. Officers learned she met Govan and the other woman, Brittany Howard, at a gas station several days ago and agreed to go with them to the hotel, stated BGPD.

Authorities stated Govan and Howard later took the woman’s phone and keys before forcing her to engage in sexual activities with several men.

On Thursday, Govan was driving the victim’s car and pointed a gun at her, then fired a bullet at the passenger’s door, according to BGPD.

Govan was arrested and charged with human trafficking – commercial sex activity, first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Howard was arrested and charged with human trafficking – commercial sex activity.

Both are lodged in the Warren County Detention Center and the investigation is ongoing.