New bill speeds up process of finding human trafficking victims in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A local agency says a new law will speed up the process of finding and rescuing human trafficking victims.

House Bill 1508 gives the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics the power to subpoena evidence for cases involving human trafficking.

Mark Woodward, spokesman for OBN, said, “Time is absolutely critical in human trafficking cases.  Literally, every second counts.  Having subpoena power will allow our Human Trafficking Unit to quickly obtain information such as cell phone location data, hotel records and witness testimony that could help speed up the process of locating and rescuing victims.”

Since 1988, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics has had the ability to subpoena evidence for drug crimes.

This new bill now gives officials that same power over investigations of sex and labor trafficking.

House Bill 1508 goes into effect Nov. 1.