2 men charged with human trafficking in Tulsa

TULSA - A federal grand jury has indicted two men accused of human trafficking in Tulsa, according to an indictment just unsealed.

Federal prosecutors tell 2NEWS this investigation may be related to another recent human trafficking bust in Oklahoma City.

And it may be much more than meets the eye. Prosecutors say the case could be linked to suspected organized crime.

Prosecutors say it happened inside of a unit at the Cimarron apartment complex off of East 31st Street.

They say a pregnant woman was transported against her will from Houston to Tulsa -- where she was forced to have sex with more than a dozen men every day -- or she would be killed.

Federal prosecutors charged Ignacio Ijom-Brito and Antonio Felix Velasquez-Lopez with sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion.

"A lot of people just don't really understand that's it's not just an overseas issue, just in different countries. That it's happening in every community, basically around the world," said Kristin Weis with Stop Child Trafficking Now.

Weis says Oklahoma has become a pipeline for human trafficking, since there are several major interstates crisscrossing the state.

"They're moving these girls," she said. "They're shipping these girls from Mexico to Texas to Oklahoma. So I'd love to tell you that I'm shocked, but it's exactly what we've said."

Weis says their mission is to go after the predators creating the demand. In cases like this, she says, community awareness can save a life.

"In that story on the apartment complex, the man said, 'there's men coming and going.' They were talking about 25 guys a night. Where was the community? Where was the protection for this young person?"

It's an investigation that might not be over.

"I think this is just the tip of the iceberg. I think they're going to find a whole lot more," Weis said.

Prosecutors say the suspects are both illegal immigrants from Mexico. If convicted, they face a minimum sentence of 15 years to life in prison without parole.

You can learn more about Stop Child Trafficking Now by clicking the link below.

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