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January 8, 2014

Buffalo to host OBN forum on human trafficking

Woodward, Okla. — BUFFALO – Darrell Weaver, director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, will be at the Buffalo Community Theater on Jan. 28 for a Human Trafficking Awareness Forum.

The forum goes from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

In addition, Weaver will bring one of the agents assigned to the OBN's dedicated human trafficking unit to talk about the unit, the agency's mission and provide information about actions being taken to combat human trafficking.

The human trafficking unit was created in November 2012, making Oklahoma one of the leaders in investigation and infiltration of the groups who engage in domestic child sex trafficking and victim recovery efforts, organizers said.

According to a news release about the forum, since its creation the unit has followed up thousands of leads and gathered pages of intelligence information about human trafficking groups and their criminal activities.

"If our agency rescues just one child from this seedy underworld, the effort will have been worth it," Weaver said.

The human trafficking unit also provides training for agencies and law enforcement groups across the state and holds forums to bring awareness to the problem. While in Buffalo, the OBN will provide information and guidance for parents and community members to help protect local children.

The forum will include information about the OBN, human trafficking unit and strategies to protect children. A question and answer session will be part of the program.

For additional information, contact Associate District Judge (Harper County) Megan L. Simpson at 580-735-2222 or megan.simpson@oscn.net.

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