Sex trafficking investigation leads to 42 arrests in Tulsa, other counties

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Updated: 9/16/2013 6:22 pm Published: 9/16/2013 10:18 am

A four day operation focused on stopping organized sex trafficking led to 42 arrests.

The operation focused on Tulsa, Rogers, Ottawa, and Delaware counties.

Mark Woodward, spokesman for Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, said the agency initiated the investigation as the result of information about individuals, including minors, forced into prostitution.

“OBN worked from September 10th to September 13th in multiple cities and several different locations to target and arrest individuals engaged in prostitution. Follow-up interviews with the defendants were conducted to identify minors, as well as adults forced into prostitution as the result of human trafficking,” he said.

Woodward says a total of 42 arrests were made over the 4-day period.

•13 individuals were arrested for engaging in prostitution.

•20 individuals were arrested for soliciting prostitution.

•7 individuals were arrested for pandering.

•1 individual was arrested for aiding and abetting prostitution.

•1 individual was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

In addition, Woodward said three women were identified as victims of human trafficking and transported to a shelter facility. One of these victims is 15-years-old.

A search warrant was executed at a massage parlor in Bixby and resulted in the discovery of illegal sexual activity and heroin. Further investigation and arrests are pending as a result of this search warrant.

OBN Director Darrell Weaver said the agency will aggressively target groups involved in human trafficking.

“OBN is committed to dismantling organizations involved in the seedy world of prostitution and ultimately human trafficking. Our agency along with our law enforcement partners are determined to make a positive impact in a dark world that troubles the soul. Women that are used as a commodity sickens ones heart,” he said.

The OBN Human Trafficking Unit was assisted in this operation by agents and officers from the following agencies:

•Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, Diversion, and Legal teams

•Divisions Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

•Homeland Security Investigations

•Tulsa Police Department

•Rogers County Sheriff's Office

•Miami Police Department

•Grove Police Department

•Ottawa County Sheriff's Office

•Delaware County District Attorney's Office

•Quapaw Tribal Marshal's

•Eastern Shawnee Tribal Police

•Wyandotte Nation Tribal Police

•Cherokee County Sheriff's Office (Kansas)

•Newton County Sheriff's Office (Missouri)

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Unwashed Mass - 9/17/2013 11:36 AM
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OBN must be struggling to stay in business. The tax money wasted on them could go to fix bridges and roads, or be given to a real police department.

Unwashed Mass - 9/17/2013 11:34 AM
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Another example of letting a Public Information Officer write the story, no critical questions or pretense of objectivity.

pen25 - 9/16/2013 6:16 PM
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why did they try to tie a 15 yo into this sting when it occured before the operation began? thats right to make it seem like its more important. with news organizations stopped just running news releases as an actual story without actually doing any investigation

Unwashed Mass - 9/16/2013 11:45 AM
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So no one asked why the Narcotics Bureau is leading prostitution stings? Do they just make up reasons to exist?
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