TULSA - Here in the heartland, our highway systems can take us across the country.
"The interstate system that we are on does provide direct access to and from major cities, as well as major countries," said Mayor Dewey Bartlett, (R)-Tulsa.
But predators are using the highways as a road for child trafficking.
"The average trafficker could earn up to $200,000 a year on trafficking these girls so you know they're selling them a lot," said Kristin Weis with Stop Child Trafficking Now.
Now the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office and the Tulsa Police Department are taking a whole new approach, by being proactive in stopping the crime.
They've teamed up with Stop Child Trafficking Now, which will bring a team of highly-trained military personnel to dig into the severity of the problem in Tulsa.
"SCT Now brings awareness into action by actually having retired Navy Seals, ex-Green Beret, ex-FBI those types of military men that are trained and qualified to do what we're asking them to do, which is basically track down child predators, gather information and then because of the law enforcement and they're ability to arrest, we take that information and gift wrap it to them," said Jason Weis with Stop Child Trafficking Now.
Plus, Tulsa will be the first city where law enforcement has access to Stop Child Trafficking Now's predator database.
"Tulsa is really pioneering this effort nationwide to be the first to really be on the preemptive or the proactive side of this fight," said Jason Weis.
The use of the database is free for the department. Stop Child Trafficking Now operates on private donations.
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