South Dakota ranks 16th in the United States* in 2019 for the number of active criminal human trafficking cases making their way through federal courts. The state had 11 active cases. Federal prosecutors charged zero new criminal cases, ranking South Dakota last in the United States for the number of new criminal human trafficking cases. In 2019, federal courts convicted seven defendants in criminal human trafficking cases, ranking South Dakota 12th in the nation for number of defendants convicted. Federal courts ordered zero out of one convicted defendants to pay restitution to their victim(s), ranking South Dakota last in the nation for percentage of defendants ordered to pay restitution.

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*Each State Summary’s findings derived from data the Human Trafficking Institute compiled for the 2019 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, state civil suits, or unreported human trafficking cases.