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Oklahoma House approves three human trafficking measures

Three bills designed to crack down on human trafficking were unanimously approved Thursday by the Oklahoma House of Representatives and are on their way to the governor.
by Randy Ellis Modified: April 17, 2014 at 10:22 pm •  Published: April 17, 2014

Three bills designed to crack down on human trafficking were unanimously approved by the state House of Representatives on Thursday and are on their way to the governor.

Under Senate Bill 1433, human trafficking would be added to the list of crimes which require an inmate to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Individuals convicted of human trafficking for commercial sex also would be required to register as sex offenders, under Senate Bill 1431.

Meanwhile, Senate Bill 1538 would make it easier for a victim of human trafficking to sue the perpetrator by delaying the start of the statute of limitations until the time the victim “discovers or reasonably should have discovered that he or she was a victim” and that the person being sued “was responsible for or profited from human trafficking.”

SB 1433 was authored by state Sens. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa, and Tom Ivester, D-Elk City. State Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, was the House author.

SB 1431 was authored by Newberry and Peterson.

SB 1538 was authored by Sens. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, and Ivester. State Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, was the House author.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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