Sioux Falls, S.D. – Kristi Noem today released a new video to mark the conclusion of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Noem has led Congress in passing landmark anti-trafficking legislation in 2015 that better equips law enforcement officers to combat trafficking while offering greater support to survivors. Work continues, however, with Noem pushing a series of additional bills to support sex trafficking demand reduction programs, address survivor housing needs, and target websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking.
“Human trafficking is happening in our backyard,” said Noem. “Kids are being targeted at school, at the mall, and online. We need to put an end to it. As a mom, I’m committed to fighting this disgusting industry on all fronts. Whether you’re a trafficker, a website that facilitates trafficking, or someone who purchases trafficking victims for sex, your activity will have no place in South Dakota. We will strengthen our laws and ensure law enforcement officers have the tools needed to make sure those laws are enforced.”