By TOM LATEK, Kentucky Today
FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – A Louisville man, already facing human trafficking charges, now faces an additional charge, Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Thursday.
Last June, the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Investigation Unit, part of his Department of Criminal Investigations charged Christopher M. Bauda, 34, with human trafficking of a minor less than 18 years of age (a Class B felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison), promoting a sexual performance by a minor (a Class C felony with a 5-10 year sentence) and prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure a minor for sexual purposes (a Class D felony with the possibility of 1-5 years behind bars).
As a result of their ongoing investigation, the unit obtained an arrest warrant for Bauda on additional human trafficking charges. The Jeffersontown Police Department arrested Bauda for human trafficking of a minor less than 18 years of age for commercial sex (Class B felony), prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor for sexual purposes (Class D felony) and two counts of unlawful transactions with a minor in the first degree (Class C felony).
“The additional charges in this case represent our efforts to ensure those who engage in human trafficking in Kentucky are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Cameron stated. “I appreciate our partners in the Jeffersontown Police Department and the diligence of DCI investigator Ricky Lynn in protecting Kentuckians from human traffickers. As we recognize National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January, I encourage anyone with information about a potential human trafficking situation to contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.”
The investigation remains ongoing, as the unit has learned that Bauda may have trafficked other victims. Cameron urges anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Investigation Unit in Frankfort at (502) 696-5369.