The operation was directed by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics’ Human Trafficking Unit and covered several counties near Tulsa.
Mark Woodward with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation confirmed the details of the investigation.
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.”
During the four days the task force made 42 arrests for a variety of illegal activities. Among those were:
- Thirteen individuals were arrested for engaging in prostitution.
- Twenty individuals were arrested for soliciting prostitution.
- Seven individuals were arrested for pandering.
- One individual was arrested for aiding and abetting prostitution.
- One individual was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.
Woodward also confirmed three of the women were identified as victims of Human Trafficking and transported to a shelter facility. One of these victims was found to be 15 years old.
There was also a bust at a massage parlor in Bixby where illegal sexual activity and heroin were discovered.
Participating in the operation were Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, Diversion, and Legal teams along with.
- 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)
To report any suspicions of human trafficking, call the OBN Human Trafficking Hotline at ( 855) 617-2288.