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Local performance brings awareness to sex trafficking

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It is a problem that federal and state authorities are trying to stop -- sex trafficking.

Saturday night in downtown Sioux Falls, a group of local artists came together to bring this issue to light.

Audience members said it was a very powerful performance. It's called Freedom: Unveiling the Cries of a Sex Slave

It was a mix of cinematography and dance -- many said it was a very unique way to bring light to such a dark subject and big issue -- sex trafficking.

Girls between the ages of 12 and 14 are the most at-risk for sex trafficking.

And you don't have to look far to find it. It's right here in our backyard.

"We have one testimony from a woman who was trafficked when she was four-years-old here in the Dakotas," said Daintry TenNapel.

These testimonies and staggering facts features in the performance are to open the eyes of people and hopefully create some kind of action to combat this growing problem.

TenNapel said it can't be stopped just by our legislators.

"There's a lot of people that are taking action and it requires more than just a few people and I think it's easy to point your finger and say well they could be doing more but really the question is what are you doing to combat this issue because it really rests on our community to take action," said TenNapel.

A local high school teacher in the audience has been teaching about this modern-day slavery for several years. It's something that doesn't sit well among his students knowing it happens in the United States, much less in South Dakota.

"They typically have a United States mindset versus a world mindset and I try to get them to understand that slavery is happening in the United States but also the world. And they're always shocked by the numbers of people in present day slavery," said John Fernstrum, teacher in the audience.

"My desire is that this would become something that is not an issue where people say well that too hard of an issue -- let's not look at it or let's not talk about it but there would be this hope built that people say, oh I can make a difference," said TenNapel.

There will be two more performance held at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Sioux Falls on January 10 and 11 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

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