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Attorney General working to end human trafficking

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Human trafficking is a disturbing crime happening in the Lowcountry, and it's a problem we are particularly susceptible to because of our proximity to I 26 and I 95.

The Attorney General's office called human trafficking "modern day slavery" and said it's widespread and pervasive.

"The victims of this insidious crime are often hidden in plain view," Wilson said in a statement to News 2.  "They could be the person sitting next to you in class, your neighbor's child or someone you work with.  It is time South Carolinians become aware of this scourge and join efforts to end it."

The General Assembly passed legislation in 2012 strengthening existing human trafficking laws in South Carolina and establishing a Human Trafficking Task Force, chaired by Attorney General Wilson.  The task force is currently formulating a blueprint for combatting the problem within the Palmetto State.  It is scheduled to meet again in May. 

 In Florida just this week investigators busted a  massage spa  believed to be trafficking young women who were promised a better life in America. Authorities say during health inspection of the spa, mattresses and personal belongings were found in a back room, and undercover cops say employees offered to perform sex acts for money. 

If it's happening to our south,  it's happening in our backyard according to a spokesman from the AG's office.

Now an author and one stay-at-home mom are on mission to do their part.

"I want to write books that resonate with issues that society faces right now," Debbie Brownfield said of her new book. "This is something I believe we have only touched the tip of what's really going on."

 Sunday, Brownfield debuts her fictional book,Secret Agendas . It's based in the Lowcountry and tells the story of women smuggled through the Charleston harbor. The party at Miler Country Club will feature real life stories about selling people for sex. Three dollars of every book sold goes to Doors of Freedom.

It's a charity started by Sharon Rickard. She says her mission is to create a home for victims of sex slavery

"These women are running from something. Traffickers know what to look for. We need a place for these women to run to."

Though legislators passed the tougher law in 2012, they didn't really put their money where their mouth is. No funding has been allocated for the task force program.

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