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Kentucky Man Arrested After He Was Caught Trying To Sell A 4-Year-Old Black Child At A Gas Station

Harry Day was arrested last Sunday after troopers at Kentucky State Police Post 10 received a call he was trying to sell a Black toddler for $2,500 at a Speedy Mart gas station in Corbin, Kentucky.

Troopers tracked down Day’s vehicle to Spider Creek Road based on a witness description. They later found the toddler at his mother’s home.

Also found in the home were methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Both Day and the child’s mother, Gertrude Henson, admitted to using methamphetamine earlier in the day before Day’s attempt to sell the child. Both Day and Henson are currently in custody at the Knox County Detention Center.

Day has already been arraigned and pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of promoting human trafficking of a child under 18. He was sentenced to one year in jail for the charge.

Twitter users were concerned about the sentence for Day’s charges being one year.

Many felt it was too lenient for charges related to human trafficking.

Henson faces two counts of endangering a minor and several drug charges. She is set to appear in court on August 25.

You can view coverage of the case by local ABC affiliate WATE 6 below.

The issue of human trafficking, especially of children, has been large in the public consciousness lately. While this may be largely due to attempts to deflect attention from other issues, human trafficking is a very real problem.

For more information about human trafficking, and how you can help end it, visit Polaris Project.

If you, or someone you know, are a victim of human trafficking, help is available.

You can contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline 24 hours a day at: 1 (888) 373-7888, or by texting “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733. More information is also available on their website: http://humantraffickinghotline.org/

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Written by Winn Sioux Christnot-Peters

Winn Sioux Christnot-Peters is a writer/web designer and aspiring librarian based in Northern Maine. When not writing or in class, they devote much of their time to multiple non-profit organizations, largely focusing on LGBTQ+ rights and animal welfare. During rare moments of free time Winona enjoys video and tabletop games, as well as various nerdy fiber crafts such as crocheting (mainly amigurumi Pokémon, cat toys, and blankets) and counted cross stitch.