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8:53 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Tulsa Police Say Sex Trafficking Crackdown Working

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say an undercover program designed to snare those who sexually exploit young people for cash is showing signs of success.

Authorities say a growing number of suspected sex traffickers have been swept into the nets of law enforcement and hauled into Tulsa federal court.

Last week, a 47-year-old man pleaded guilty to a charge of using a telephone to attempt to coerce a female he believed to be 17 years old to engage in prostitution.

A 28-year-old man was charged in December with sex trafficking of a child. He has pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender when he came to Tulsa in July.

U.S. Attorney Danny Williams Sr. says prosecuting the crimes is a big priority.