Human trafficking is something I always knew was out there, but like many, I thought of it as a problem that happens in Europe or Southeast Asia, not in America — let alone in Sioux Falls. That’s simply not the case. Human trafficking is happening in our backyard. And as a parent, an aunt, a friend, it terrifies me that this evil is out there.
President Kennedy often referred to this quote when calling for action: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” We all have an opportunity to do something and to invoke change.
First and foremost, it’s important to learn the red flags that indicate human trafficking. If you have concerns, use the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.You also can volunteer to do victim outreach or donate funds to a local safe house. Building awareness is critical. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about the issue. Talk about it with co-workers, your spouse, even your kids.
We all can play a role in combating human trafficking. With awareness and action, this evil will not triumph.
Learn more at Kristi Noem’s Argus Leader article: My Voice: Human trafficking – evil will not triumph.