Oklahoma Human Trafficking Task Force plans candlelight vigil Friday

The Oklahoma Human Trafficking Task Force will hold a candlelight vigil to honor victims of human trafficking at 6 p.m. Friday on the south plaza of the state Capitol.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: January 24, 2013 at 10:11 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013
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In observance of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Oklahoma Human Trafficking Task Force will hold a candlelight vigil to honor victims of human trafficking at 6 p.m. Friday on the south plaza of the state Capitol.

Wilma Lively, of Day Spring Villa, a faith-based certified domestic violence shelter in Tulsa, will be the guest speaker.

The public is invited to attend.

“Human trafficking is a $32 billion a year industry, second only to drugs as the largest criminal enterprise in the world,” said Maj. Leisa Hall, divisional secretary for women's ministries at the Salvation Army Arkansas/Oklahoma.

“Shockingly, the average entry age for trafficked victims in the sex industry is 12 to 14 years old. Even here in America, our nation's sons and daughters are being forced to work as sex slaves, and we need your help to get the word out.”

Battery-operated candles and blue pin-on ribbons will be available for participants. The Oklahoma City mayor's office will illuminate the Skydance Bridge blue in observance of the vigil and human trafficking awareness, organizers said.