Oklahoma now has its first law enforcement task force in place to fight human trafficking in the state, thanks in part to Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
Local, state and federal law enforcement officers will work together as the Human Trafficking Intelligence Working Group.
“What citizens want to see is action. They want to see us work together to do something about a very pervasive issue,” Pruitt said.
“The reality is human trafficking isn't just a problem in foreign lands; it's a real and dangerous threat in Oklahoma."
Among the more than 30 law enforcement agencies involved in the task force are the FBI, Tulsa Police, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
"By working together, we can set a great example for other law enforcement groups across the nation, and help combat this despicable crime,” Pruitt said.
It is estimated that there are more than 14,000 sex and labor trafficking victims each year.
If you know anyone who has been a victim of human trafficking, call the Safeline at 1-800-522-SAFE.