As new home opens, victim advocates report increase in young victims, labor trafficking
Twenty-plus years ago, when Mary fled her sex trafficker and with federal assistance secured the release of her 2-year-old son, her family welcomed her back to Sioux Falls.
No one else really talked about her experience or understood how a trusting teenager who had left South Dakota to work as a nanny on the East Coast could have been entrapped. With no one to talk with, it was a lonely time.
That changed in Sioux Falls in 2016 when Becky Rasmussen founded the nonprofit Call to Freedom, which helps victims of human trafficking navigate a healthy path though supportive services. Basic needs and safety are provided, and housing was available through a seven-unit apartment complex named Marissa’s House.
Read full article from Pigeon 605 – 4/6/2022 HERE