‘Operation Poker Chip’ Nets 7 Human Trafficking Convictions In Tulsa

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TULSA, Oklahoma—”Federal prosecutors Tuesday announced sentencing for seven people connected to a human trafficking case in Tulsa.

It came together when agents found a victim in east Tulsa. She was a woman from Mexico, being used as a sex slave, who told authorities she would see dozens of men each day.

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma Danny Williams said five men and two women were convicted and sentenced in federal court in Tulsa.

The FBI says this Tulsa case is just one of 400 they’re working on nationwide.

They called this one “Operation Poker Chip,” because that’s how the men paid for sex, to keep even the cash away from the women trapped in this life as a prostitute. Law enforcement from a broad spectrum of agencies worked on the case that spanned several states, in just the first week.

It ended Monday and Tuesday, with successful prosecutions against seven people from Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia.

Ringleader Juan Rosales-Garza got the longest sentence: more than 11 years in prison.

“What sets this human trafficking case apart from most is that this victim, after years of physical and verbal abuse, finds her way out of her horrific life,” said David Marwell, of Homeland Security.”

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