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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF SIOUX FALLS Human Trafficking Law & Policy Task Force Human Trafficking Education & Awareness Campaign Human Trafficking Education Task Force
HUMAN TRAFFICKING DEFINED Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age. (22 USC § 7102; 8 CFR § 214.11(a)). Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. (22 USC § 7102). Source: Polaris Project; The Federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. The TVPA was reauthorized through the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2013.
METHODS OF RECRUITMENT Capturing – kidnapping, abduction Grooming – building a relationship of trust To recruit, traffickers go anywhere that youth gathers… malls, parks, arcades, public events, social media… Source: Polaris Project; Shared Hope
CONTROLLING A VICTIM Force Causing serious harm Using physical restraint Fraud False promises Deceitful enticing and affectionate behavior Coercion Creating a climate of fear Playing on the victim’s vulnerabilities Threats Source: Polaris Project
THE MARKET IN SOUTH DAKOTA Online sex ads Public places & events Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Hunting season Dakota oil fields Source: Be Free 58, Polaris Project, Shared Hope
QUICK FACTS 100,000 American children are victimized in the commercial sex industry every year Most are recruited from ages 12 to 14 years. Trending younger – as young as 5 years old Victims have monetary quotas of $200 to $1000 (7-15 “Johns”) per day Most minor victims remain unidentified. They are often mislabeled or charged with delinquent offenses. Victims of human trafficking have been found in nearly every high school in Sioux Falls. Source : National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; Polaris Project, U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota
SEX TRAFFICKING IN SOUTH DAKOTA Convictions to date: 1.Brandon Thompson 2.Megan Hayes 3.Joshua Payer 4.Jackie Little Dog 5.Carl Campbell 6.Emmanuel Nyuon 7.Daron Jungers 8.Ronald Bonestroo 9.Tajahn Clinton 10.Mohammed Alaboudi 11.Joseph Becker Source : U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota 10 additional, currently indicted defendants, awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL SIGNS OF RECRUITMENT Changes in Behavior o Absences from home/school, dress, attitude, signs of abuse Changes in Lifestyle o Money, material possessions, tattoos Changes in Peers o New boyfriend or girlfriend, new friends, parties, drugs/alcohol, signs of gang affiliation Source: Shared Hope
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Get the word out. Don’t be afraid to tell. Take action now.
If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking or may have information about a potential trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-3737-888. If it is an emergency, dial 911.
“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say that you did not know.” - William Wilberforce