Our Mission

South Dakota’s West River Human Trafficking Task Force exists as a collaboration of diverse organizations and individuals connected to combat the issue of trafficking in persons, by raising awareness, providing information and education, advocating for prosecution of offenders and supporting human trafficking victims and survivors.

What Is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a major problem and it helps to define what exactly it is; the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines human trafficking as:

A. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age, or

B. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.”

Human trafficking can take many forms, such as domestic servitude; factory labor that resembles prisons; farm work by migrants.

A South Dakota Problem

South Dakota is a hot spot for men coming to the state for hunting, the Sturgis Bike Rally, and other tourism events and destinations. Traffickers routinely use casinos, truck stops, the internet and other venues throughout the year.

According to several news reports, sex trafficking is an “infestation” in the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota which have several “Man Camps”. There is also great concern of the large increase of registered sex offenders who relocated to the Bakken oil region to work.

Native women and children on the reservations are also at high risk. According to the U.S. Attorney for South Dakota, Kevin Koliner, Native women comprise 40 perscent of sex trafficking victims in the state.

Interstates 90 & 29, and other highways that run through South Dakota, are part of the “Midwest Pipeline,” the superhighways used to deliver trafficking victims to cities across the country.

Red Flags of Possible Trafficking

Educate yourself on the signs of potential danger.

Red Flags

What everyone needs to know to keep alert for possible Traffickers
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Warning Signs of a Victim

Look for these signs when identifying a victim.

What To Look For

Possible victims in different stages of trafficking may exhibit some of these behaviors.
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Facts about Human Trafficking

The reality of trafficking in South Dakota.

Things You Need To Know

Read these facts to educate yourself and explain to others the reality of Human Trafficking.
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National Human Trafficking Hotline Website
Call 24-HR SD Sexual Assault Hotline 1-888-352-8511 or 211