Rep. Kristi Noem hosted the Justice Against Slavery Summit in Sioux Falls to bring awareness to and inspire action on the issue of human trafficking in South Dakota. Rep. Noem was joined by the Polaris Project, advocates from the Native American community, law enforcement officers, parents and others to build awareness and lay out concrete ideas to better address human trafficking in our communities.
"A lack of understanding about the issue of human trafficking has meant victims – even those under the age of 18 – have been mistaken for prostitutes, migrant farm workers and runaway youth," said Rep. Noem. "Today's Justice Against Slavery Summit further grew the level of awareness in our community and successfully brought together a number of perspectives so we could work collaboratively toward a better solution."
Rep. Noem was recruited as a member of a human trafficking task force assembled by Majority Leader Eric Cantor and she will be bringing the ideas discussed during Monday's Summit back to the task force to help invoke action.
Additionally, Rep. Noem has co-sponsored a series of anti-trafficking bills.