A bill requiring the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) to establish resources focused on human trafficking training for law enforcement officers has been approved by the Senate.
Senate Bill 1569, authored by Sen. Wayne Shaw, R-Grove, outlines that trafficking training would include resources to help with identification, understanding the effects of trauma and victimization, and effective screening protocol.
“Oklahoma ranks 28th in the nation for human trafficking,” Shaw said. “We must better equip law enforcement officers to recognize the signs of this illegal practice so they can intervene and protect trafficking victims.”
Human trafficking can include forced labor or forced sexual exploitation, and our state is a popular trafficking crossroads because of the many interstate highways that run through it, Shaw explained.
“Our officers need every tool possible to quickly identify the women, children and men forced into this practice,” Shaw said. “Adding training is an easy step we can take to help end human trafficking.”
For more information, contact: Sen. Wayne Shaw at 405-521-5574, or email Wayne.Shaw@oksenate.gov
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