Tue., Oct. 28, 2014, Noon to 1 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Mike Snowden, Agent-in-Charge
Human Trafficking Division, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
Learn surprising facts about Human Trafficking in Oklahoma including forms of human trafficking – signs and symptoms – and resources available to assist suspected victims. Human trafficking is a growing problem in Oklahoma and lecture attendees will have a chance to learn more about these criminal activities and what can be done to identify and prevent them. In 2012, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics created the Human Trafficking Division in response to the growing trend of human trafficking in Oklahoma and across the United States. Organizations traditionally responsible for trafficking drugs into and across the nation are frequently involved in human trafficking as another means of generating profits. Because of Oklahoma’s interstate highway system and close proximity to the Mexican border, Oklahoma has served as a base of operations for many drug and human trafficking groups tied to Mexican cartels.
Human trafficking is defined by the exploitation by force, fraud or coercion of vulnerable people for forced labor, domestic servitude or commercial sex operation. Snowden will not only break down what this definition means, he will also untangle any preconceived thoughts on the crime that are often misconstrued. The goal of this lecture is to create awareness and educate the public to recognize the signs of human trafficking and to help identify those who may fall victim to human traffickers and their tactics.
About the Speaker:
Michael Snowden is the Agent-in-Charge of the Human Trafficking Division for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD). An Oklahoma law enforcement officer for over 30 years, he started his career at the Woods County Sheriff’s Office and came to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics in 1996. At OBNDD, he has served in the enforcement, training and wire intercept divisions. In addition to his regular duties, Michael teaches a number of classes including human trafficking, drug identification and pharmacology, drug investigation techniques, the neurobiology of addiction, and (his favorite), drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.