Dozens arrested in prostitution sting

By: Ethan Hutchins Email
By: Ethan Hutchins Email

BRYAN COUNTY,OK---Several state agencies arrest over a dozen people involved with human trafficking and prostitution.

These 11 people were just some of the 15 arrested last night for prostitution, human trafficking and drug possession.

The bust was the result of a 2-year investigation that heated up in the last three months.

Durant police, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Choctaw public safety department and Bureau of Indian Affairs all took part.

"We did a human trafficking and prostitution type of operation and ended up arresting several individuals." said Weaver.

The sting operation took down pimps, prostitutes and johns.

Officers say the pimps and prostitutes were from Dallas and Ardmore but the johns were local; all lured by ads on an internet site.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Director Darrell Weaver says catching the ring leaders was a huge win.

"We believe that some pimps we're arrested, we believe we did stop this part of this hideous crime." said Weaver.

"This has been a couple of months in the making, we've been monitoring websites; they have websites they advertise their services on." said Hobbs.

Executive director of law enforcement for the Choctaw nation John Hobbs, says agents went undercover as both johns and prostitutes to make the bust.

"Set it up at two separate locations, made the phone calls and then went from there to see what kind of response we would have." said Weaver.

Of the arrests.

"What we're most proud of is the three human trafficking cases involved with this.Two of them were from another country caught up in this another was a juvenile female." said Weaver.

Weaver says although a bust this big is uncommon for Texoma. He says the websites advertising the prostitutes were looking at Durant as a good meeting place.

"This is not just a big city crime, and it's just like our drug problems it's everywhere, so were committed with our local partners to do something about it." said Hobbs.

Officials from the OBN and the Choctaw nation say this bust could be just the tip of the iceberg and expect more arrests in the future.

"If you think you're going to come to our areas, our towns our properties whether it's prostitution or drugs, you need to know we're working the areas, we have people out there, and you never know who you're talking to." said Weaver.


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