It has been estimated that there are 293,000 youth in the United States that are considered at risk of exploitation, abuse and trafficking each year. It is reported that most victims are between the ages of 12-14.
Be Free 58 is a Sioux Falls non-profit dedicated to the abolition of all forms of human bondage, slavery, exploitation and trafficking on the national, state and local level.
Human Trafficking DOES happen in South Dakota. Activity has been seen during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and each fall during hunting season. It happens in Indian Country and also on the streets of Sioux Falls.
In a KELO news story, South Dakota US Attorney Brendan Johnson said, “Human trafficking exists in South Dakota and the only logical discussion we should be having is the best way to end it.”
LSS will host a training at noon on June 12at the Center for Children and Youth (621 E Presentation). An advocate from Be Free 58 will be present information on the topic, including information on the trafficking of children in the Dakotas. For those of us who have the opportunity to influence the life of a child, this will be a helpful training to attend. Please complete the form below to RSVP.