South Dakota ranks 6th in the country for the number of victims of human trafficking. According to the Department of Homeland Security, human trafficking is: modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States.
Victims are most often young adults who are looking for a new start or a way out of their current situation. Those looking for victims make promises that fulfill these wishes, and before they know it, they are being moved away from home and into a cycle that is hard to break. The best way we can prevent trafficking is by educating ourselves. Mentors should be aware at the very least and in some cases, ready to discuss trafficking with your student who may be at risk of being a victim.
Anyone who is interested in the prevention of human trafficking is invited to attend our October support training. We will be joined by The New Colossus, a local nonprofit dedicated to prevention efforts. Please join us from 12-1 PM on October 24 at LSS, 705 E 41st Street. Parking and the entrance is in the rear of the building. Please go past the stairs and into the Center for Financial Resource and Counseling Services area to get to the conference room. RSVP by calling 221-2403 or emailing Mentoring@LssSD.org.