SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson has announced the formation of a new task force to combat the growing trend of human trafficking in South Dakota.
Johnson announced the task force during a news conference at the U.S. attorney's office on Thursday.
The task force will be a joint effort between Johnson's office, the Minnehaha County State's Attorney, the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, Sioux Falls police, the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations.
The announcement of the task force came the same day a Sioux Falls man, 37-year-old Carl Campbell, was sentenced to three life sentences for sex trafficking.
Johnson says the Campbell case is a stark reminder that human trafficking is alive and well in South Dakota.
He urged victims of sex trafficking to come forward and seek help.