Sex Trafficking

Sacred Heart Family Services Women’s Shelter-24 hrs a day: 605-964-7233

Toll Free Crisis Line: 1-800-390-9298

escape_button2Sacred Heart Center Advocates may assist Sex Trafficking victims by providing information and referral services.

It is against federal and state law to recruit, harbor, transport, provide or obtain a person through the use of force, fraud or coercion to engage in prostitution, pornography, exotic dancing, or other forced labor.

Signs that someone is being trafficked:

  • Cannot buy their own food or clothing.
  • May be malnourished, embarrassed or ashamed.
  • Can’t have friends, go to school or contact relatives.
  • May have been “branded”. (burnt by cigarettes or forcibly tattooed)
  • May have been forced into drug and/or alcohol use
  • May have been beaten, raped or blackmailed
  • They may have an anxiety disorder, experience depression, be in a constant state of fear

Sex traffickers can be anyone, there is no certain “look” to who they are.

  • They could be your neighbor, relative or boyfriend.
  • They may pose as employers or business owners
  • They may be part of organized crime

American Indian’s are the highest targeted race for sex trafficking victims.

  • Most victims are young females
  • Male and female children and adult females are the primary targets for sex trafficking