SD To Fight Human Trafficking At Motorcycle Rally
by Associated Press
July 25, 2013 11:21 AM
South Dakota law enforcement agencies plan to step up their fight against human trafficking at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Attorney General Marty Jackley says law officers who will work during this year's rally will be trained to recognize and prevent the forced prostitution of young women and children. Jackley says prostitution crimes are increasing, and the annual rally that draws hundreds of thousands of people to western South Dakota is part of that increase.
Jackley says South Dakota does not have a huge human trafficking problem, but the state is working to prevent such crimes.
Elizabeth Talbot is a University of South Dakota professor who's researching human trafficking. She says she's pleased that law officers will be trained to deal with a crime that is difficult to detect.