Toiletries drive underway for victims of human trafficking

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Human trafficking is estimated to generate billions of dollars in profits each year, according to the Department of Homeland Security. 

It’s a crime that even affects people right here in KELOLAND. 

This month, there’s a way you can help. Totes are set up at Myers’ Deli in downtown Sioux Falls over the month of May. 

Call to Freedom wants you to help fill them up. The toiletries will be given to victims of human trafficking. 

“Most of them come to us with just the clothes on their backs. When they come through the doors they have nothing, so this gives them the initial items they need to get started,” Call to Freedom Case Management Coordinator Kelsey Veurink said. 

The organization is asking for anything that you might keep in your own bathroom such as shaving cream or a hairbrush. 

“We try to provide them just the simple things in life that we take for granted everyday,” Call to Freedom Volunteer Jacki Blumenauer said.

All you have to do is drop the full sized, brand new items into the bins and either one of the Myer’s Deli locations in Sioux Falls. 

From feminine hygiene products to a stick of deodorant, the requests are simple, but they mean a lot. 

“We have people weep over getting these items because they don’t know where they’re going to get it from,” Veurink said. 

And the need isn’t going away. 

“We’re getting a lot of new clients through our door. The amount of new clients and referrals we’re getting is increasing all the time,” Veurink said. 

For more ways to help Call to Freedom, click here. 

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