Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Sociology and Rural Studies

First Advisor

Julie Yingling


This study examines how the organization Calltofreedom, located in Sioux Falls South Dakota, works to rehabilitate victims of sex trafficking and how, what this organization offers fits with the needs these victims have. Secondly, this study looks at memorable messages clients of Calltofeedom receive that prevents or encourages them to heal after getting out of a trafficking situation. Sex trafficking is not only an international problem but a home-grown problem in the United States. Awareness about sex trafficking and needs of victims, especially in rural places, is still lacking. With this comes a lack in organizations that can help empower victims. Investigating how Calltofreedom works and how their work fits their clients’ needs is important information for the organization itself and the clients that use this organization. Understanding what memorable messages encourage victims to look for help and start healing is important for services organizations and law enforcement as they are often the first interaction women have to get out of a trafficking situation. Through interviews with staff members, victims, law enforcement and other victim services this study has tried to create a clear picture of what victims need, what is offered and what needs to change to better help sex trafficking victims.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Human trafficking victims -- Services for -- South Dakota -- Sioux Falls.
Victims of crimes -- Services for -- South Dakota -- Sioux Falls.
Calltofreedom (Organization)


Includes bibliographical references



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University

Included in

Sociology Commons



Rights Statement

In Copyright