Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 7, 2014
Sen. Dan Newberry
Statement from Sen. Dan Newberry on governor’s
signing of human trafficking legislation
State Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa, issued the following
statement today regarding the governor’s signing of Senate
Bills 1431 and 1433, which strengthen penalties for human trafficking.
“The smuggling and selling of human life is a growing crime,
and a grim reminder of a very real evil we must combat together.
The growth of this criminal enterprise has placed an increasing
number of vulnerable Oklahomans at risk for commercial exploitation
and trafficking. Cases where law enforcement officials have freed
as many as 42 victims from trafficking rings in Oklahoma reveal
the extent and nature of a crime that often preys on young targets.
“This legislation will establish penalties appropriate for
the severity of the crime. I am grateful for the support of the
governor and my colleagues as we continue our efforts to protect
the young and vulnerable, and provide law enforcement with the tools
to combat human trafficking.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Newberry: (405) 521-5586