Human trafficking task force aims to educate hospitality industry.

Published: Jul. 19, 2016 at 6:13 PM CDT
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With less than a month to go before the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, one KOTA Territory group is preparing to spread the word about human trafficking.

Members of the West River Human Trafficking Task Force's Outreach Team are preparing volunteers to visit more than 400 businesses throughout the region to educate them on the warning signs of potential human trafficking.

The campaign focuses on distributing posters and fliers to hospitality businesses ahead the rally.

Nine men were arrested during a sting in 2013 for human trafficking and are currently serving time.

Task Force Outreach Team Chair Tess Franzen says that the groups mission is very simple.

"Through our outreach, we are hoping to create an environment traffickers cannot flourish, where those who are brought into be exploited, might find freedom instead, and for those who come in to exploit others, might find justice instead", said Franzen.

Future volunteer training sessions are currently being planned.