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DURANT -- Fifteen people were arrested in a prostitution sting in Bryan County overnight.

It was a joint operation between the Bureau of Indian Affairs, tribal and Durant police, and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

The OBN was mandated two years ago to begin investigating prostitution and human trafficking crimes all over the state.

"The ladies have sites and men, as well, have sites," John Hobbs said. Hobbs is the executive director of Public Safety for the Choctaw Nation.

Websites soliciting sexual services is what Hobbs says led investigators to many of the people arrested in the sting late March 27 into the early morning hours.

"We used that to contact them," he said.

Hobbs says the sting was set up at two locations in Durant.

One was at a hotel on the corner of Main Street and Highway 69/75.

The other was at the Choctaw Casino Hotel.

"We had identified that we had some ladies visiting our property," Hobbs said. "The second location here in town was basically picked at random."

Hobbs says when the suspects showed up at the hotel rooms and provided enough information to support criminal charges they were handcuffed and taken to the Bryan County jail.

In all, the OBN says 15 people were arrested.

Of the people arrested at the casino hotel sting, Hobbs said one is from Ardmore and the rest are from the Dallas area.

The OBN says eight prostitutes, one pimp and two johns were arrested.

"We do not believe that it's just a big-city problem. It also effects rural Oklahoma," Darrell Weaver, director of the OBN said.

Weaver says another three people were busted for human trafficking and that their victims -- including one minor -- were rescued.

"The investigators are very confident that these young ladies were being prostituted against their own will. But you have to remember, one human trafficking victim saved is worth all the effort," Weaver said.

Investigators say the two adult human trafficking victims are now at shelters.

The one minor human trafficking victim has been turned over to the Department of Homeland Security.