Archive for May 1, 2012

The State of Oklahoma took an important stance against human trafficking in April when Gov. Mary Fallin proclaimed National Crime Victims Week.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command works closely with OATH (Oklahomans Against the Trafficking of Humans) and No Boundaries, another non-profit that fights human trafficking, to reach out to those victimized and to stop this form of modern-day slavery.

Just recently, The Salvation Army and No Boundaries and JohnTV brought hope to an area of Oklahoma City known as “the Blaze” by local women and girls that are trafficked for prostitution. Gangs, drugs and pimps have brought a cloud of fear and discouragement to this community on South Robinson… but a new day is dawning!

The Block Party featured face painting, games, music and fun for adults, kids, families and the whole community. Participants said this was their first block party ever to be held in this neighborhood, and organizations brought information about domestic violence, human trafficking and more.

Nearly 300 people attended the Block Party.


Meanwhile, here’s the proclamation signed by Gov. Mary Fallin:

“State of Oklahoma stands committed to protecting human rights and individual freedom by eliminating human trafficking, supporting OATH and encouraging more awareness and prevention measures throughout the state so that victims can be identified, criminals can be brought to justice and violence against women and children in the trafficking of humans will end.

 Whereas, Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans (O.A.T.H.) responds to the violence against women and children done to them by human trafficking and continue their statewide initiative to bring together Oklahomans, to expose and end human trafficking

 Whereas, to successfully combat human trafficking the people of Oklahoma must be informed about the problem in its local context, and must work to protect victims of human trafficking with effective services and support, prosecute traffickers through consistent enforcement, prevent human rights abused by furthering public awareness, and addressing the root cause of modern slavery.”