Oklahoma Group Helps Human Trafficking Victims Recover
OKLAHOMA CITY –
The FBI calls forced prostitution one of the largest criminal industries in the country. Here in Oklahoma it’s happening with human trafficking victims living among us. But groups fighting against the crime hit the streets to find them and show them a way out.
“These are people with a lot of trauma,” said Dr. Kirsten Havig, an Assistant Professor at the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. “They may be trading sex simply to get a meal or a place to stay.”
Havig has worked with child and sexual abuse cases in Oklahoma for more than a decade. She says sex traffickers target vulnerable girls – typically with a history of poverty, child abuse, or addiction.
“Research I’ve seen says up to 70 percent of kids who are trafficked on the streets have been in the child welfare system at one point,” said Havig.
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