Officials Say Human Trafficking Occurs in SD

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Officials say people need to be aware that human sex trafficking can happen even in rural states like South Dakota.

Those officials spoke Friday at a conference sponsored by the University of South Dakota and the Civil Society from St. Paul, Minn.

South Dakota has recently set up a task force and taken other steps to fight human trafficking.

University of South Dakota professor Elizabeth Talbot says kids are at risk. She says human trafficking is a problem in South Dakota and the nation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Koliner says trafficking in the nation is a $9 billion- a-year criminal enterprise, with an estimated 15,000 to 18,000 victims.

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