Oklahoma Human Trafficking Operation May Have Ties To Mexican Cartels


Monday, February 6th 2012, 9:20 pm
By: News 9


We're learning more about a human trafficking operation busted last week in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. It appears to have ties to a Mexican human trafficking ring, which are said to be some of the most violent and brutal.

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A search warrant obtained by News 9 reveals a victim of human trafficking, who was rescued in Tulsa, said she was also held against her will in Oklahoma City.

She told investigators she was held at the apartments off S.W. 59th Street and Harvey during the first part of January, and that she and others were forced to have sex with multiple strange men.

Investigators with Oklahoma City's vice squad and Department of Homeland Security raided the apartment. The search warrant states they recovered cell phones, hundreds of dollars in cash, condoms and poker chips.

They also raided another southwest Oklahoma City apartment complex and arrested four people, one of which admitted to running a house of prostitution.

According to the search warrant, men would show up to apartment #207, pick up a poker chip, go to a secondary location, and pick out a girl for sex.

According to Bryan Bates, who runs John TV, those poker chips are the calling card of the Mexican cartels.

"I go through literally hundreds of police documents every year," said Bates. " The only organizations that I can see that use this type of a calling card, are the Mexican cartels.

Bates said the Mexican cartels are usually the most violent and brutal, and often target very young girls to sell for sex.