Group to combat human trafficking West River

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Since 2007, there have been 38 human trafficking cases in South Dakota, almost half of them in the last year.

While the National Human Trafficking Resource Center doesn’t have enough data to determine what South Dakota venues draws more trafficking, the state has focused on the Sturgis Rally simply because of the sheer numbers of people attending.

Now through the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, members of South Dakota’s West River Human Trafficking Task Force’s Outreach Team Committee and volunteers will be distributing posters, fliers and other awareness materials to hospitality businesses throughout the region.

They plan to visit more than 400 businesses from Hot Springs to Spearfish and as far east as Wall in an effort to combat human trafficking around the rally through a broad community and public awareness campaign.

For more information, visit the SD West River Human Trafficking Task Force website.