Tulsa man charged with human trafficking

Tulsa man charged with human trafficking in juvenile prostitution arrest

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Damien Wardell had been charged with human trafficking. Damien Wardell had been charged with human trafficking.
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(AP) -- A Tulsa man faces a human trafficking charge after being arrested on allegations he used at least one -- and possibly as many as three -- juvenile female runaways as prostitutes at an east Tulsa motel.

The Tulsa World reports that 39-year-old Damien Dinchie Wardell was also charged in Tulsa County District Court Friday with five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled drug.

Wardell was arrested on Nov. 22 at a Tulsa motel while in the presence of juveniles. He allegedly provided marijuana to them in a room.

He pleaded guilty in March to domestic violence and was given a four-year suspended sentence. He served time in prison for 1996 convictions on drug, firearms and robbery convictions.

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