Wording missing in human trafficking law

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Reported by: Janna Clark
Updated: 11/01/2013 7:08 pm Published: 11/01/2013 5:00 pm

FOX23 found a law that goes into effect to help protect children from human trafficking may be missing some crucial wording.

FOX23's Janna Clark compared the new criminal statute to the old statute and found a section was gone.

House Bill 1067 was passed in an effort to help children victims of human trafficking who are forced into the trade.

"I really understand the thought behind it," said an undercover officer FOX23 is not identifying.

The officer said the section is crucial. He used that language to help prosecutors go after a teenage girl's pimp even though she wouldn't help.

"She would not cooperate with law enforcement. She felt like she was in love with this guy she wanted to protect him she was told he'd go to prison for a long time," he said.

"That happens a lot. People want to think its coercion. More times it's more than the predators have convinced the children they love them they'll take care of them," he explained.

FOX23 called the author of the bill, who is in Oklahoma City, she City. She assured us the bill was written to help protect minors.

She said after the bill was passed the people who wrote the criminal statute must have made a mistake.

She assured FOX23 a correction would be made soon, but said it could take about a month.

Even though the law goes into effect Friday the officer said he'll continue to go by the old statute until the new one is updated and corrected.

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bowlerdave - 11/4/2013 8:18 AM
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"FOX23 called the author of the bill, who is in Oklahoma City, she City." Why would FOX23 call the author she City? Doesn't the author have a regular name?
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