Stop human trafficking

Published: Jul. 6, 2016 at 12:30 PM CDT
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Human Trafficking is essentially the exploitation of vulnerability. It is the second fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, takes in $32 billion per year, and continues to gain speed.

Simply put traffickers exploit the vulnerable in our communities by either preying on the already vulnerable or attempting to make their prey vulnerable. Pennington County Sheriff Captain Corey Brubakken is working to stop human trafficking.

Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transporting, or procurement of people through means of force, fraud, or coercion and is happening at alarming rates in America. Domestic victims of trafficking are at a staggering 10 to 1 when compared to international trafficked victims.

Captain Brubakken says, "South Dakota communities are not exempt; people in our cities, schools, and backyards are at risk, targeted, and trafficked as we speak."

You're invited to join the discussion with the Western SD Human Trafficking Task Force at our "Chosen" Event at the Performing Arts Center in Rapid City, on Tuesday, July 12th.

"The Chosen" documentary will be followed by a panel discussion with experts from our state who work with those at risk of being exploited. Doors open at 5:15. This event is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Join in the fight to stop Human Trafficking in South Dakota.