South Dakota

In South Dakota, three new criminal human trafficking cases were filed in federal courts in 2021. One defendant was convicted. 100 percent (4) of new defendants were charged with sex trafficking, and zero percent (0) were charged with forced labor. Three convicted human trafficking defendants were excluded from resitution calculations because there were no identified victims in their cases, thus South Dakota federal court ordered zero convicted human trafficking defendants to pay restitution in 2021. South Dakota last ordered a convicted human trafficking defendant to pay restitution to their victim(s) in 2013.

*Each State Report’s findings are derived from data the Human Trafficking Institute compiled for the 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report. Findings are not a prevalence
estimate of trafficking in the state but instead serve as an objective summary of federal efforts to address human trafficking in that state. The Report does not capture
data from state prosecutions, federal or state civil suits, or unreported human trafficking cases.