Sex trafficking is a growing problem not only across the country, but here in the Black Hills area as well.
That's why South Dakota congresswoman Kristi Noem sat down with community leaders at a round table on Friday at the Rapid City Public Library.
During the discussion, Noem discussed the seriousness of young girls and boys being recruited into the sex trade.
She says the best way to combat the problem is by prevention.
"The best way to stop this industry and what it's doing and the damage it's doing is to prevent them from ever becoming victims. and only way that happens is to make sure they're informed, that we're talking to our teenagers, we're talking to families about how somebody goes after to draw someone into this industry and make sure they are well informed," Noem said.
She's introduced several bills in Washington aimed at cracking down on sex trafficking.
Over 300,000 children are drawn into the sex trafficking industry each year.