Tulsa to Observe Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day

In observance of Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day & Global Human Trafficking Awareness Week.

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Tulsa Observes Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day

The Tulsa community is coming together to: be educated about human trafficking, to network and be motivated to end human trafficking everywhere. Did you know there are twice as many slaves today as there were in Abraham Lincoln’s time? The people of Tulsa want to change that statistic, starting with their own state.  -Thirty million people are trafficked for sex globally each year. -Three Million of those are children and 200,000 of those children are right here in the USA. This makes the United States the world’s #1 Sex tourism destination.
This will be a great opportunity to do some great networking with people and organizations that are making a difference. Mark Elam, Founder and CEO of OATH Coalition (Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans) and named by the FBI as Oklahoman of the Year for his work in the fight to end human trafficking. Mark is actively working with victims, victim’s organizations and legislators to end trafficking in Oklahoma and beyond. Mark’s work has been influential in shaping how other states address their trafficking issues. http://OATHCoalition.org/
Jason Weis, Jason is the National Walk Director for Stop Child Trafficking Now based out of New York, NY Jason and his wife Kristin felt the call to end human trafficking in 2008 and came to Tulsa to attend Victory Bible Institute. Since then they have worked actively with SCT Now to go after the demand side of human trafficking. http://SCTNow.org/ Jason has been successful receiving media coverage and spreading awareness and mobilizing college students and young adults for the cause.

Nationally recognized author and former Mrs. California, Pamala Kennedy Chestnut in her fourth book and first novel takes the reader on a “Journey Through The Underworld of Human Trafficking” but doesn’t leave the reader hanging in turmoil-the call to action motivates the reader to do something now to make a difference in their world. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a photo with Pamala and pick up several autographed copies of her new novel. http://MoreThanRice.com/

Child Safety, Inc. Sean Spellecy (former Oklahoma school principal) is the Founder & CEO of CSI a patented technology that keeps children and families safe. http://ChildSafetyIncorp.com/

Bring your business cards, sip some tea or cappuccino, meet some new friends and learn how to make a difference to end human trafficking.

Daniel Kleefeld’s music has touched thousands around the world. Enjoy the music of Daniel Kleefeld as you network and learn how to end human trafficking in our generation.  http://www.kleefeld.com/

Fox 23’s Day Break will be featuring several of the participants on their morning show January the 10th so be sure to tune in to Fox23.com. For more on how Tulsa is working with local law enforcement to solve this problem and be a model city

Tulsa Declares War On Sex Trafficking-First US City Using Ground Breaking Technology Dec 2, 2010 http://m3newmedia.net/human-trafficking-tulsa-oklahoma

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Thanks to our Sponsors: Agora Coffee, Gallagher Wellness Center, OATH Coalition, Stop Child Trafficking Now Tulsa, Pamala Kennedy Chestnut, author of More Than Rice, Daniel Kleefeld, Child Safety, Inc., Lauri Rottmayer, The Mrs. Oklahoma Pageant, Hearts of Confidence, The Tulsa Food Blog & M3 New Media. Online Event Registration > HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay.com

Tulsa To Come Together for Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day 1/11/11

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Tulsa to Come Together to Observe Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day Tuesday, January 11, 2011

On Tuesday, January 11, Tulsa organizations are coming together to observe Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Executive orders signed by President Bush and President Obama make January 11 the National Day of Observation that coincides with the Global Observance Day. Citizens united for a safer Oklahoma are coming together with twelve Tulsa area organizations to raise awareness, educate the public and alert the media about how Oklahomans can respond in 2011.

Thirty million people are trafficked for sex globally each year-3 million of those are children and 200,000 of those children are right here in the USA. This makes the United States the world’s #1 sex tourism destination. Oklahoma is caught in the crossfire and is a major trafficking destination and casualty because of the highway systems.

At 2 pm there will be a Press Conference hosted for local media. Each organization will have an announcement for the media followed by a time of Q & A. The Press Conference and Event will be at Agora Coffeehouse 4959 S. 79th E. Ave, Tulsa, OK 74145. Exhibitors from each organization will be on hand with information and representatives at the Press Conference and the Evening Public Forum from 6-7:30 pm. RSVP on Facebook.

Here is a snap shot of 4 of the 12 organizations that will be on hand sharing information with the public:
Mark Elam, Founder and CEO of O.A.T.H. Coalition (Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans) Mark has been named by the FBI as Oklahoman of the Year for his work in the fight to end human trafficking. Mark is actively working victim’s organizations and legislators to end trafficking in Oklahoma.

Jason Weis, National Walk Director for Stop Child Trafficking Now, New York, NY. SCTNow focuses on the demand side of child trafficking by infiltrating, investigating & implementing investigations leading to the arrest, prosecution & conviction of child sexual predators.
Sean Spellecy, Founder & CEO, Child Safety, Inc. CSI is a patented technology that keeps children & families safe. Sean’s team will be on hand to talk about the sex offender registry & how to keep your family safe with technology.

Media RSVP’s please contact Michael Butler about Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day-Tulsa

Pamala Kennedy Chestnut, Author of Novel:  More Than Rice, a Journey through the Underworld of Human Trafficking. As a local novelist and global conference speaker Pamala shares the stories of the girls who have been trafficked and not only helps the reader understand how it happens but challenges the reader to make a difference.
Press Contact: Michael D. Butler, Sr, M3 New Media

918.550.8000 Desk 918.955.3227 Cell  Michael@M3NewMedia.net

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Human Trafficking-A Global Problem Finds a Solution in Tulsa

Tulsa Declares War On Sex Trafficking-First US City Using Ground Breaking Technology

By Michael D. Butler, Sr.

300,000 children in the U.S. are at risk every year for commercial sexual exploitation. –U.S. Department of Justice

Tulsa, OK 12/1/10

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan along with Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department and Stop Child Trafficking Now SCTNow.org gathered at the Tulsa Police Department to announce that Tulsa and Oklahoma will adopt a pre-emptive strategy against human trafficking.  Below is a partial transcript of the press conference:  

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said, “We are pleased to announce that the TPD has engaged in a partnership that will benefit our community.  Human trafficking is a Tulsa problem.  I met the team from Stop Child Trafficking Now. They don’t just address child trafficking they address human trafficking.  This is a global problem, it is a state problem, and it is a local Tulsa problem.  It is everything from prostitution to immigration issues….Nearly all of our boys and girls who are engaged in prostitution have been trafficked in some form or another and have been exploited.  I think it’s an issue that needs to be brought to the forefront. This group has done that and they continue to do that.’

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Jason & Kristin Weis with SCTNow "Tulsa is Leading the Way in the Fight"

‘This is a web-based database that I will assign personnel from TPD to have access to.  It is a fairly new database but it is growing exponentially-day by day and we will be able to use it. Like the Under-Sheriff said: “criminals travel” and people who commit these kinds of crimes tend to be ran out of communities. They try to be elusive and go to bigger cities or they do things that keep us away from where they are.  In the past we may not have had enough criminal information on someone who is committing these offences. But with this database there is a much better chance and we are more likely with this technology of finding them and knowing if they are serial offenders.  It is good information sharing.”

Tulsa Leads the Way

Mayor Dewey Bartlett, “ In Tulsa county we find this (human trafficking) irreprehensible and that we want to do whatever we can in our ability as the Mayor’s office  and as citizens of this state and county to stand behind our enforcement mechanisms to eradicate this problem.  We are at a unique position geographically because we have such high trafficking areas with the interstate system that gives direct access not only for human trafficking between major cities but major countries and if we can do anything more know you can know that we simply will not allow it to happen to anyone here-whether they are a citizen of this country or not.  My hat is off to all of you for taking such a leadership position in this.  For us it’s very important to have this technology and this partnership. I believe that the city of Tulsa is doing very well and that we are seeing this as a problem on our radar screen but that doesn’t mean we can sit back and assume that it’s not there because it is and we are thankful to be working with SCTNow and their people.”

Clark Stuart, President of the Operatives: “ I am thankful to be working with a city as progressive as Tulsa. It’s a changing world we live in. Our world is based on information and living in a time when we are forced to do more with less.  Being able to manage the information is the priority. I congratulate you on the leadership and courage to make a difference with human trafficking and embracing the methods that we have proven effective for years.  We are optimistic to be working with your local law enforcement and providing them with the valuable information that comes from integrating the software with the officers and “boots on the ground.”  It’s an honor to be working with Tulsa and I’m looking forward to developing a relationship with your community.”

“We want to thank you for coming out today. We feel that Tulsa is on the front end of this issue-very proactive. We feel like Tulsa will become the model for the nation on child trafficking ,” said  Jason & Kristin Weis, Stop Child Trafficking Now National Walk Directors. Jason went on to say that, “it is an historic day in Tulsa for technology and law enforcement, but ultimately for children.”

SCTNow Tulsa has participated in 2 global works and a golf tournament to raise money and awareness for SCTNow.org based out of New York, NY.

Also present were other member’s from many other organizations who work with victim’s recovery groups and task force members who educate law enforcement and legislators.

Notably, DaLonna Hanlin Sexton Mrs. Oklahoma 2011 & Mark Elam, President & Founder of O.A.T.H. (Oklahoman’s Against Trafficking Humans) and Oklahoma’s FBI Citizen of the Year

Lynette Lewis, Founder & President of SCTNow, former Tulsa resident, now lives in New York City: “What Tulsa has become, through the leadership of Jason & Kristin Weis is a hallmark city for the entire nation. Tulsa is now a forerunner city, where the strategy, the ops team working with local law enforcement, is way down the line compared to other U.S. cities.”

More photos of the event can be found on Facebook in the M3 Photo Album & your invitation to Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day January 11th in Tulsa

Media present: Fox 23 ,  KJRH,  TheNewson6 & ORU Eagle Broadcasting, The Tulsa World, and M3News.

FBI Names Mark Elam of OATH Coalition Oklahoman of the Year for His Work to End Human Trafficking in OK

PRESS RELEASE
Nov. 17, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Kim Weems
Federal Bureau of Investigations
FBI “Citizen of the Year”

Award Presentation

Wednesday November 17th, 2010 – 10:00 am

Oklahoma Attorney Generals Office

313 NE 21st St., OKC, OK

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OATH Coalition

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- Nov. 17th, 2010 –  10:00 am – Oklahoma resident will receive award from FBI special agents at the Oklahoma Attorney Generals Office this Wensday morning in recognition of outstanding humanitarian service to his community though efforts in creating the Oklahoma Coalition to fight human trafficking and bring awareness to professionals thoughout the state concerning this crime.

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Mark Elam, Founder OATH Coalition

After learning about human trafficking in 2005, Mr. Elam traveled to India, South Asia and the Philippines to work with organizations that rescue girls from sex trafficking.  His international organization, Angel Eyes, helps support safe houses and prevention centers in Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines with teams on the ground working to rescue and restore victims of sex trafficking.  While raising awareness and support for the global problem, Mr. Elam discovered that human trafficking and child sex trafficking is happening here in America as well.

Mr. Elam visited several of the Dept. of Justice Task Force cities to learn from them what our federal government is doing to combat this problem here in America… and then implemented that plan here in Oklahoma July 2008, forming the Coalition O.A.T.H. – Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans.  In the first year of operation O.A.T.H. has partnered with over 80 federal, state and local organizations to service victims of trafficking found here in Oklahoma.  In February of 2009 O.A.T.H. was asked to become the state-wide coalition to bring awareness, education and training about the subject of human trafficking and to assist in networking law enforcement agencies, service providers, NGO’s, business leaders and the faith community in providing care for trafficking victims.

Additionally Mr. Elam gives oversite to the FBI Human Trafficking Task Force that meets monthly in Oklahoma City and the ICE Human Trafficking Task Force that meets in Tulsa where they are currently working active cases within our Oklahoma boarders.  Mark Elam travels throughout the state giving awareness 101 presentations and conducts human trafficking training workshops around the state for law enforcement, DHS, OJA, shelters, health clinics, social workers, college campuses, schools and churches.

To learn more about the Coalition and what they are doing to combat human trafficking in our state go to website http://oathcoalition.org/ and BLOG site http://www.oathcoalition.org/blog/default.aspx.

M3 New Media Note: You can follow OATH Coalition on Twitter and Fan on Facebook

Tune in to KOTV Tulsa 11/18/10 at 10 pm for the full story will Lori Fullbright

FBI-Operation Innocence Lost Arrests 884 including 99 Pimps & Rescue 69 Children in Underage Prostitution & Human Trafficking Sting

FBI – Innocence Lost 11/15/10

This past weekend FBI agents from 34 field offices rescued 69 children out of 40 cities that were being prostituted by pimps and gangs. 884 were arrested, including 99 pimps.

Special Agents targeted truck stops, casinos, street “tracks” and Internet sites where very young girls are sold for sex… some under the age of 13.  Underage-prostitution

Read more: FBI.gov

Find More here: OATHCoalition.org