Oklahoma AG Urges Action Against Migrant Child Trafficking

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Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond has taken a stand, sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and FBI.

The letter addresses a recent HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report revealing that unaccompanied migrant children in federal government custody are being released into unsafe situations, including human trafficking.

Drummond, along with Attorneys General from 21 other states, expresses concern over the White House’s admission that it cannot locate 85,000 migrant children for whom it is responsible.

The letter cites a February 2023 New York Times report detailing children forced into labour under hazardous conditions, violating child labour laws and resulting in injury and death. Some children are also being subjected to sex trafficking.

The coalition demands accountability from the Biden Administration, requesting a written response by May 1. The attorneys general emphasize the urgency of addressing the crisis, highlighting the responsibility to enforce state and federal laws within their borders and the commitment to combat human trafficking.

Oklahoma AG Urges Action Against Migrant Child Trafficking

Attorneys General from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia have also joined this call for action.

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Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Gentner Drummond, alongside counterparts from 21 states, is demanding urgent action from the Biden Administration in response to a distressing report on migrant child trafficking.

The revelation that the government cannot locate 85,000 migrant children has sparked serious concerns. The coalition emphasizes the need for accountability and a plan to address this crisis promptly. The well-being of vulnerable children must be a top priority, and the call for action underscores the shared commitment to enforcing laws and combating human trafficking within their respective states.

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