Victim advocates say child labor happens in SD.
Executive director Becky Rasmussen says Call to Freedom had 21 labor victims in 2022; 5 of them were under the age of 17, one was under the age of 12.
“We’ve served victims of labor trafficking within the state of South Dakota, we know that it’s happening,” said Becky Rasmussen, Executive Director of Call to Freedom.
Associate director Michelle Treasure says they have had many cases of human labor trafficking in the Midwest region.
“Our geographical land, the way that it’s set up in the Midwest, is a vulnerability to that. With the meat plants and some of those that agricultural work in general,” Treasure said.