Higher Risk For Sex Trafficking During Big Events Like Hunting Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Thousands of people are coming into the state for pheasant hunting season. But with that, may come some unwanted activity.

The Executive Director at Call To Freedom, a nonprofit geared toward helping sex trafficking victims, says with as big of an event as hunting is, more sex trafficking can happen in the area.

However, it’s hard to spot. Becky Rasmussen says the activity typically takes place in secure settings like resorts, hotels and homes. This makes it tough to identify.

“Usually they don’t have the freedom to speak, they are controlled by money,” says Rasmussen. “They are controlled by not being able to have eye contact with you.”

But there is a way the public can help.

“I always tell people go with that inner gut feeling,” says Rasmussen. “If you feel that something is not right here, you have the ability to report it.”

The nonprofit has been operating for close to two years. In total, they’ve helped 92 youth, families and women that have been subjected to sex trafficking. Rasmussen says some of those victims were trafficked during hunting season.

Rasmussen is asking those who see something suspicious call the National Human Trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888, or local law enforcement.

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