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Human sex trafficking is a local problem

by Greg Belfrage

The Department of Justice and Avera are hosting the Violent Crime and Human Trafficking Conference this week at the Washington Pavilion.U.S. Attorneys General Brendan Johnson and Tim Purdon are sponsoring the conference.

If you think human trafficking refers to the foreign slave trade, you're mistaken.

Federal law enforcement officials say local young women, many of them underage, are being forced and coerced into a life of prostitution.

South Dakota U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says many of these young women have drug and alcohol addiction problems and are preyed upon by predators in the community.

PODCAST: South Dakota U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson

The conference isdesigned to promote care for the victims of crime, including human trafficking and sexual assault and to coordinate resources among health care providers, advocates, policy makers, and law enforcement.

PODCAST: North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon

The conference is open to the public on Thursday and Friday.

Click HERE for more information or to register for the conference.

Greg Belfrage @belfrageshow is heard 6am-9am on KELO 1320 AM and 107.9 FM. Greg can be contacted at greg.belfrage@mwcradio.com

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