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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

For Immediate Release: March 9, 2010

Sen. Clark Jolley
Sen. Clark Jolley

Human Trafficking Measure Clears Senate

A measure to strengthen state laws aimed at stopping human traffickers has been unanimously approved by the State Senate. State Senator Clark Jolley is the author of Senate Bill 2258, which would increase penalties for stealing or destroying another person’s official identification papers or passport.

“Human trafficking is not a problem that just occurs in big cities far away—it has and is happening in Oklahoma. We’ve seen news stories from our state about teens forced into prostitution, kids that were born and raised in this country,” explained Jolley, R-Edmond. “But with 17,000 victims of human trafficking lured to the United States every year, we also know the odds are high that some of those women and children end up in Oklahoma as well.”

According to the U.S. State Department, human trafficking is now the third-largest world-wide criminal activity, behind drugs and arms dealing. Jolley said the international victims are brought to the United States seeking legitimate work and a better life for themselves and their families, only to find themselves forced into virtual slavery; often in the sex trade including prostitution and pornography.

“Their captors will hold or destroy their passports and other identification to prevent them from leaving. That’s one of the issue my legislation addresses,” Jolley said. “The bill would also better publicize an emergency hotline number so that victims can get the help they need to regain their freedom, and that will help all victims, whether they are from right here in our own state or from another country.”

SB 2258 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

For more information contact:
Sen. Jolley: 405-521-5622


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