The Kernel called, emailed and left messages for Harwood, but he could not be reached for comment.A spokesman for the victims, who is not being named because it could identify them, first approached the Kernel in March to discuss the case.Ignorance of these regulations does not excuse students from adherence to them.Staff and University officials should endeavor to inform students of University rules, regulations, and policies, whenever the circumstance is applicable.The victims were unhappy that Harwood could be allowed to continue working at another university without the full results of the investigation following him.The university denied the Kernel’s open records request for all of the documents pertaining to the investigation, which led to former Editor-in-Chief Will Wright’s appeal to Attorney General Andy Beshear.We know the Emancipation Proclamation freed all the slaves, and that the United States has been slavery-free ever since. A 38-year-old defendant named Marco Antonio Flores-Benitez had earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first person in the state to be federally convicted of human trafficking.
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Flores-Benitez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking—coercing women into sexual bondage—while other members of his gang pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
Flores-Benitez was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Legislating Against the Slave Trade In the spring of this year, the Kentucky General Assembly passed a momentous piece of legislation.
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According to the indictment, among other charges, he and his gang had enslaved several Spanish-speaking women through “force, fraud and coercion” from states as far afield as Maryland, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee, and delivered them to “clients” in Fayette, Woodford, Oldham and Jefferson counties.