Crackdown on Sex Trafficking in South Dakota [VIDEO]
If you think sex trafficking isn’t happening in Sioux Falls, U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Brendan Johnson has some disturbing figures.
“I think right now in Sioux Falls we’re talking about 50 to 60 victims just in the city. This is a big problem for our community. It’s not something people associate with Sioux Falls – the fact of the matter it’s here and we need to address it.”
Johnson says the public is responding to the problem.
“Just in the last few weeks in speaking to local new enforcement, a lot of people are contacting them about concerns they have, if they see something that seems out of place. That’s exactly what we need. We need people who work in the hotel industry to let law enforcement know if they see something that seems out of place. We need people in the airports and at Sturgis to contact local law enforcement.”
One indication of human trafficking is an older man with a much younger woman. Research indicates that the average age of someone forced into prostitution is between 12 and 19 years of age.
In an effort to combat the growing problem, Johnson announced that a task force of local, state and federal officials will combat human trafficking in Sioux Falls and throughout South Dakota.