• Tulsa deputies make human trafficking arrest

    By: Sharon Phillips


    TULSA, Okla. - A man wanted on suspicion of human trafficking is behind bars.
    Tulsa County deputies arrested Michael Hicks Jr. on outstanding warrants. Guests at the inn where the alleged prostitution took place were shocked it could happen in Green Country.
    Williams Nixon was a guest at the Executive Inn in east Tulsa.
    “I actually have been staying here the past few days with my daughter,” Nixon said.
    Nixon was stunned to learn that Hicks Jr. was arrested on accusations of trafficking a 15-year-old girl at the same place where he and his family have spent the night.
    “Just hearing that alone makes me speechless and I’m horrified that people would actually do something like that to an innocent young teenager,” Nixon said.
    The teen told investigators she was forced to have sex with numerous men at Executive Inn.
    Court documents show that Hicks Jr. also allegedly bit a Tulsa police officer when he was first arrested in August.
    “If you abuse children and you are willing to bit law enforcement then you are willing to do just about anything,” said Capt. Billy McKelvey with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.
    McKelvey said Hicks Jr. made bond in August and was out when he was later arrested by deputies for outstanding warrants.
    Recently, the Sheriff’s Office held training for first responders to teach them how to look for signs of human trafficking.
    “It’s kind of the same as domestic violence victims. They’re quiet, they’re shy, they want to stay secluded and they don’t want a lot of help,” McKelvey said.
    Hicks Jr.’s bond is set at more than $30,000. He is charged with numerous counts including human trafficking, assault and battery upon a police officer and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

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