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§ 748.2. Guidelines for treatment of human trafficking victims--Right to civil action--Notice o...

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 21. Crimes and PunishmentsEffective: November 1, 2022

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 21. Crimes and Punishments
Part III. Crimes Against the Person
Chapter 25. Kidnapping (Refs & Annos)
Effective: November 1, 2022
21 Okl.St.Ann. § 748.2
§ 748.2. Guidelines for treatment of human trafficking victims--Right to civil action--Notice of rights--Protective custody
A. Human trafficking victims shall:
1. Be housed in an appropriate shelter as soon as practicable;
2. Not be detained in facilities inappropriate to their status as crime victims;
3. Not be jailed, fined, or otherwise penalized due to having been trafficked;
4. Receive prompt medical care, mental health care, food, and other assistance, as necessary;
5. Have access to legal assistance, information about their rights, and translation services, as necessary; and
6. Be provided protection if the safety of the victim is at risk or if there is a danger of additional harm by recapture of the victim by a trafficker, including:
a. taking measures to protect trafficked persons and their family members from intimidation and threats of reprisals, and
b. ensuring that the names and identifying information of trafficked persons and their family members are not disclosed to the public.
B. Any person aggrieved by a violation of subsection B of Section 748 of this title may bring a civil action against the person or persons who committed the violation to recover actual and punitive damages and reasonable attorney fees and costs. The civil action brought under this section may be instituted in the district court in this state in the county in which the prospective defendant resides or has committed any act which subjects him or her to liability under this section. A criminal case or prosecution is not a necessary precedent to the civil action. The statute of limitations for the cause of action shall not commence until the latter of the victim's emancipation from the defendant, the victim's twenty-first birthday, or the plaintiff discovers or reasonably should have discovered that he or she was a victim of human trafficking and that the defendant caused, was responsible for or profited from the human trafficking.
C. Upon availability of funds, the Attorney General is authorized to establish an emergency hotline number for victims of human trafficking to call in order to request assistance or rescue. The Attorney General is authorized to enter into agreements with the county departments of health to require posting of the rights contained in this section along with the hotline number for publication in locations as directed by the State Department of Health.
D. Any peace officer who comes in contact with a human trafficking victim shall inform the victim of the human trafficking emergency hotline number and give notice to the victim of certain rights. The notice shall consist of handing the victim a written statement of the rights provided for in subsection A of this section.
E. 1. Any peace officer or employee of a district court, juvenile bureau or Office of Juvenile Affairs who has reasonable suspicion that a minor may be a victim of human trafficking and is in need of immediate protection shall assume protective custody over the minor and immediately notify the Department of Human Services. The minor shall be transferred to the emergency custody of the Department pursuant to the provisions of Section 1-4-201 of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes. While in custody of the Department, the minor shall be provided with any necessary emergency social services which include, but shall not be limited to, medical examination or treatment, or a mental health assessment.
Law enforcement and the Department of Human Services shall conduct a joint investigation into the claim.
The minor shall remain in the custody of the Department of Human Services until the investigation has been completed, but for no longer than two (2) judicial days, for the show-cause hearing. The Department may release the minor to the custody of a parent or legal guardian if it determines the minor will not be subject to further exploitation. If no such determination is made, the minor shall be subject to the deprived child provisions of the Oklahoma Children's Code and made eligible for appropriate child welfare services.
2. The minor shall not be subject to juvenile delinquency proceedings or child-in-need-of-supervision proceedings for prostitution offenses or misdemeanor or nonviolent felony offenses committed as a result of being a victim of human trafficking.


Laws 2008, c. 134, § 2; Laws 2010, c. 325, § 2, emerg. eff. June 5, 2010; Laws 2011, c. 1, § 11, emerg. eff. March 18, 2011; Laws 2013, c. 59, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2013; Laws 2014, c. 309, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2014; Laws 2018, c. 167, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2018; Laws 2022, c. 20, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2022.
21 Okl. St. Ann. § 748.2, OK ST T. 21 § 748.2
Current with emergency effective legislation through Chapter 3 of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024). Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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