405-778-4800
Criminal Attorney Oklahoma Defense Lawyer Adam R. Banner OKLAHOMA CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY AT LAW
This Attorney is Lead Counsel Rated. Click here for more Information.

Human Trafficking Continues to be a Problem

11-Oct-2013

This summer, the FBI and federal, state, and local law enforcement agents in 76 cities across the United States conducted a nationwide sweep focused on rescuing underage victims from human sex trafficking. The three day sweep, dubbed Operation Cross Country 7, led to multiple arrests, and according to the FBI, the rescue of 105 child victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The youngest victims was only 9 years old, and another victim told police she had been engaging in prostitution since she was only 11 years old.

In Oklahoma City, three teens were rescued from human trafficking, including a 16 year old girl and two 17 year old girls. However, while nationwide law enforcement actions such as those set forth by the FBI's Innocence Lost National Initiative and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children only scratch the surface of the problem of trafficking in children and child sexual exploitation.

Only days after the announcement of the Operation Cross Country 7 arrests and rescues, an Oklahoma City couple was arrested on human trafficking complaints in Tulsa. Ronald Spivey, 47, and Kimberly Haven, 25, were arrested after responding to a Craigslist ad placed by an undercover police officer posing as a 17-year-old girl. The officer received a text message offering to take the "girl" to Florida or Las Vegas to "make some money." The officer arranged a meeting, and the pair was arrested. Haven allegedly admitted she was recruiting girls for prostitution. 

Other recent human trafficking arrests in Oklahoma include the following:

  • May 2013 - A 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl were arrested after allegedly facilitating prostitution when a 16-year-old girl offered to engage in sex with an undercover vice officer in Oklahoma City.
  • July 2013 - An 18-year-old Oklahoma City woman was arrested for offering to engage in prostitution and human trafficking after allegedly setting up a meeting with an undercover officer who contacted the woman through a website known for facilitating prostitution. When the woman arrived at the meeting, she also brought with her a 16-year-old girl and told the officer he could have sex with the younger girl for $460.
  • September 2013 - A prostitution sting conducted by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs netted 42 prostitution arrests in Tulsa, Rogers, Ottawa and Delaware counties. Among those taken into custody was a 15-year-old girl.
  • October 2013 - A 17-year-old girl was arrested for engaging in prostitution after soliciting an undercover officer at an area motel, and 32-year-old Quwan Harrison was subsequently arrested on human trafficking complaints on suspicion of facilitating underage prostitution.

Although Oklahoma's age of consent--the age at which a person can legally consent to sexual activity--is 16, both state and federal law prohibit minors under the age of 18 from engaging in commercial sex acts, including prostitution, pornography, and exotic dancing. Any person under the age of 18 found to be engaging in prostitution is automatically considered to be a victim of human trafficking.

Click here to find out more about state and federal sex crimes or to find an Oklahoma defense attorney prepared to handle your case.




All News

More News

As Oklahoma County Jail Deaths Continue, Detention Officers Could Face Charges
15-Sep-2017

In May of this year, we examined deaths at the Oklahoma County Jai..

Canadian County Man Accused of Aggravated Possession of Child Pornography
01-Sep-2017

Acting on a tip received by the National Center for Missing and Ex..

Goodwill Employee Accused of Embezzling Deposits
21-Aug-2017

Police say the former assistant manager of a Goodwill store locate..

Stillwater Bail Bonds Agent Arrested for Murder
14-Aug-2017

A Stillwater bail agent who claimed she shot a client in self defe..

Tulsa Massage Parlor Owner Accused of Human Trafficking
11-Aug-2017

A Tulsa massage parlor owner has been arrested on human traffickin..

State Reaches Settlement with Former Death Row Inmate
07-Aug-2017

A former Oklahoma death row inmate whose conviction was later over..

Mother, Grandmother of Recovered Missing Children Arrested
04-Aug-2017

On July 3, David Corsaut texted his ex-wife to make arrangements t..

Couple Sentenced in Child Neglect Death of Infant
31-Jul-2017

A Tulsa mother and her boyfriend were sentenced last week in the c..

No Charges in MWC Home Invasion Shooting
24-Jul-2017

The Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office has announced that ..

Couple Arrested after Reportedly Abusing Child and Making Him Shoplift
21-Jul-2017

A man and woman in Rogers County, Oklahoma, have been arrested on ..

×