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USD, Civil Society spread awareness about human trafficking

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The University of South Dakota and Civil Society are joining together to spread awareness about human trafficking.

The two held a conference for law enforcement, social service workers and health care providers today. The goal is to help those entities identify human trafficking and how to work with victims.

Civil Society Executive Director Linda Miller says there needs to be awareness on the issue because human trafficking is treated differently from rape, prostitution or sexual assault.

"It is a different type of deal where the victims should be treated as victims and should be treated as people who have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder," Miller said.

Miller says human trafficking in the Midwest started in Minnesota, but thanks to the oil boom in North Dakota the issue has expanded in the Midwest.

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