PIERRE, S.D. — Legislation to better protect and help victims of human trafficking in South Dakota will take effect on July 1.
The South Dakota State Legislature passed and Governor Kristi Noem signed HB 1047 during this past legislative session to put these reforms into effect.
“People are not for sale in South Dakota,” said Governor Noem. “Fighting human trafficking has been a priority of mine for years, and it will remain a priority of my administration moving forward. This bill takes important steps to protect our state from the horrors of human trafficking, crack down on traffickers, and provide for victims through expanded services and resources.”
This legislation builds on Gov. Noem’s work in 2019 that further defines coercion and strengthens prosecution against traffickers.
Gov. Noem was an outspoken advocate on legislation that protects people against human trafficking and championed the decade’s most comprehensive anti-trafficking initiative in Congress.
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