The Huge Problem of Human Trafficking

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27 million people all over the world are currently being forced into human trafficking or modern day slavery, 161 countries including the US will be affected by human trafficking. 1 million children will be exploited by the commercial sex trade each year. Sex trafficking began in the 1700s in the United States. It hasn’t been stopped because it continues to increase over the years. Even though the law enforcement and people around the world could be strong enough to stop human trafficking, I believe this situation needs to be more focused on and stopped as soon as possible. Because Human Trafficking is increasing rapidly and Oklahoma is a cross-way for sex trafficking due to the interstates such as I-35, I-40 and I-44. Reading the Oklahoman sex trafficking is becoming a major problem, Detectives have investigated at least five human trafficking cases in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Evans said. Officers arrested Clarence Holden, 25, and Destiny Hope Niles, 24, both of Fort Smith, Ark., at a Tulsa motel in January. After Niles was taken into custody, she told police that Holden had held her against her will and forced her into prostitution. The investigation revealed that several other women or girls had been brought to Tulsa under similar circumstances. Tulsa is a big hot spot for human trafficking. Tulsa, Oklahoma recently saw another round of arrests as local law enforcement took to the streets and wrapped up 42 individuals who were involved in an organized sex trafficking network. The total of 42 people had been arrested following a four-day investigation into sex trafficking in northeast Oklahoma, State Bureau of Narcotics officials said. Monday OBN worked from Sept. 10 to Sept. 13 in multiple cities and several different locations. Ag... ... middle of paper ... ...rafficking. Jaray Mickell Wilson has been missing since October 15 and that information indicates that she is being held against her will. Two Arizona men face human trafficking charges, accused of forcing a 16-year-old girl to work as a prostitute in Oklahoma City. Tyree Lajuan Turner, 27, and Jamar Rodney Reineke, 24, both of Phoenix, were charged Thursday. Shortly after Reineke and Wilson’s arrest, Deonnia Sky Allen, 25, of Glendale, Ariz., and Jamie Lynn Knight, 35, of Avondale, Ariz., were charged with one count of each using a computer to advertise prostitution, and receiving or concealing money made from prostitution. “Most people thought this is a Third World problem. The United States is the No. 1 destination for sex trafficking in the world. And Oklahoma is right in the middle of the country, the crossroads of all the major interstates.” Peterson said.

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