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SC Attorney General talks human trafficking Friday

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OKATIE, S.C. -

OKATIE, S.C. - South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson will speak about human trafficking Friday.

Wilson is expected to speak at a meeting of the Lowcountry Coalition Against Human Trafficking in Okatie, near Hilton Head Island.
    
Last year, the Legislature passed a bill intended to strengthen South Carolina's laws against human trafficking.

On his website, Wilson said, "Law enforcement in this state is ready and willing to arrest and prosecute human-trafficking offenders, but there currently is no law on the books for them to use. We must do better in South Carolina, and that means immediately passing a law to allow authorities to crack down on this growing crime problem."

The bill criminalizes sex trafficking, gives prosecutors the power to seize the assets and property of convicted traffickers, and provides much-needed support to victims, who often suffer in silence.   

Wilson headed the task force to create the measure. He says the panel is working on ways to combat the issue.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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