July 30th is World Day Against Trafficking
PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. — Thursday is World Day Against Trafficking.
According to an awareness organization, DoSomething.org, between 20 and 40 million people around the world are being trafficked.
Around 70 percent of victims are girls and women, but it can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any age.
“Quite often it can be family members,” says Sgt. Paul Stevens, with Pennington Country Sheriff’s Office.
He adds, “Traffickers will recruit vulnerable groups, and trafficking isn’t only sex trafficking, it can be labor trafficking as well.”
Here in West River, traffickers often take advantage of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Law enforcement has an increased presence during the rally and the Department of Criminal Investigations plays a major role in preventing and catching those traffickers.