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Learning About Sex Trafficking

March 21, 2014, 6:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Learning About Sex Trafficking
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Sex trafficking is a huge problem across the country, including here in KELOLAND. Now the issue has found its way into the classroom.

Only this was a high school lesson from someone who is on the front lines of trying to change federal laws to crack down on this type of illegal activity.

For the past year, Congresswoman Kristi Noem has been trying to toughen laws in this country when it comes to sex trafficking.

"So he convinced her to move in with him, run away from her family," Noem said.

Noem told these students at Washington High School about a young girl who testified on Capitol Hill about how she was trafficked by her boyfriend.

"One day he told her he didn't have enough money and he wanted her to get him some extra money, so he told her to have sex with somebody for money. And she did it because she thought she loved him and that's how he got her into sex trafficking," Noem said.

The class is currently reading the book, "Sold" by Patricia McCormick, which tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who is trafficked in India.

Students say it's a typical story they've been hearing about lately; in books, in the news and now from a Congresswoman.

"People treat you badly and put you in dangerous places, so after I read the book, I found out that's true," freshman Asanti Tussa said.

The true, but sad reality young children have to worry about and lawmakers are trying to stop.

Noem is sponsoring a few laws in Washington. one would protect victims, another would shut down web sites like backpage.com and another would establish a national hotline for victims to call.

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