Oklahoma ranks 28th in the nation for the number of active criminal human trafficking cases going through federal courts, according to a report released by the Human Trafficking Institute, which looks at all federal human trafficking court cases in the United States and its territories in 2018.
Nationwide, there were 771 active human trafficking cases; 680 of those were criminal cases and 91 were civil cases, according to the Federal Human Trafficking Report.
Of Oklahoma’s seven active cases, two of those were initiated in 2018 and the five convicted defendants were from two cases in western Oklahoma. Oklahoma was ranked 22nd for new cases and 19th for number of convictions.
Of the five defendants convicted in 2018, the sentences ranged from 24 to 180 months in prison. Four of the five convicted defendants were ordered to pay restitution to their victims in 2018, ranking Oklahoma 8th in restitution orders.
Tulsa City Councilors offered a forum recently on the Equality Indicators report, which uses 54 equality measures that compare outcomes of groups likely to experience inequalities.