By TOM LATEK, Kentucky Today
FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – An investigation conducted by the attorney general’s office has led to a Louisville man being convicted and sentenced on human trafficking charges.
In June 2020, the attorney general’s office, along with the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit, conducted a joint operation to rescue a female minor and young adult female from a human trafficking operation, run by Christopher M. Bauda, in Louisville. Following the joint operation, the attorney general’s office interviewed potential human trafficking victims involved in the case.
Bauda was convicted at Jefferson Circuit Court on two counts of human trafficking, unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities and two counts of first degree unlawful transaction with a minor. The sentences on the charges will run concurrently, for a total of 18 years in prison.
He is not eligible for probation and will have five years of supervision after his release. In addition, Bauda is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and to pay $10,000 to the Kentucky Human Trafficking Victim’s Fund.
“Human trafficking is real, and it’s happening in Kentucky communities every day,” said Attorney General Daniel Cameron. “This sentence should signal that we are serious about investigating and prosecuting traffickers in every part of the commonwealth, and we will not allow Kentuckians to be exploited. I appreciate the work of Detective Rick Lynn in spearheading this investigation and the assistance of Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine’s Office in prosecuting this case.”
Assistant Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristi Gray, who prosecuted the case, stated, “This sentence should make it clear that there will be serious consequences for anyone who chooses to prey on vulnerable young women in our community.”
On Monday, Cameron hosted a Frankfort press conference to announce launching of the “Your Eyes Save Lives” child sexual abuse awareness campaign, the purpose of which is to enlist the help of every Kentuckian to recognize and report child sexual abuse. To learn more, visit YourEyesSaveLives.ky.gov.
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