AG Pruitt Convenes Oklahoma’s First Human Trafficking Task Force
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt this week convened the state’s first law enforcement task force to combat human trafficking in Oklahoma.
The Human Trafficking Intelligence Working Group provides a forum for local, state and federal law enforcement officers to share information and collaborate in the investigation and prosecution of human traffickers.
“What citizens want to see is action. They want to see us work together to do something about a very pervasive issue,” General Pruitt said. “The reality is human trafficking isn't just a problem in foreign lands; it's a real and dangerous threat in Oklahoma. I appreciate the agencies who have committed to being a part of the working group and thank them for their efforts to investigate and prosecute those who would deprive others of their freedom. By working together, we can set a great example for other law enforcement groups across the nation, and help combat this despicable crime.”
The task force includes more than 30 law enforcement agencies, including the AG’s Office, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, the FBI, Oklahoma City Police, Tulsa Police, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, tribal law enforcement and the U.S. Attorneys Office.
General Pruitt assembled the group after discussions with officers around the state and through consultation with the AG’s Multicounty Grand Jury Unit.
“We’re here to determine, ‘What’s the problem, how do we attack it and what’s our approach.’ We are going to use everything we can to combat this. It’s too important not to,” OBN Director Darrell Weaver said.
Human trafficking involves sex trafficking and labor trafficking. It is estimated that more than 14,000 people are victims of human trafficking in the United States each year.
If you are a victim of human trafficking or know of someone who may be a victim, call the Safeline at 1-800-522-SAFE (7233).
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