Human Trafficking

Victims of human trafficking may either be victims of sex trafficking or forced labor. Often times they are victims of sexual assault or other physical violence, abuse and neglect. Human Trafficking Victims can be both adults and children.

The South Dakota Crime Victims' Compensation Program provides monetary assistance to victims of violent crimes, including human trafficking. This program, administered by the Department of Social Services, can pay victims of state, tribal, or federal crimes, a maximum of $15,000 for expenses incurred as a direct result of personal injury or death.

The South Dakota Victims Services Program funds shelters that provide a multitude of services to victimss of violent crimes, including human trafficking. Click here to view a list of South Dakota Shelters.

Services provided by shelters to victims of human trafficking include:

  • therapy
  • safe shelter (food, clothing, travel assistance, crisis counseling)
  • advocacy through the criminal justice system
  • assistance with identifying community resources such as housing, medical assistance and job training

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