Charleston ranked in top 5 counties for human trafficking

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – January is Human Trafficking Month, and South Carolina’s Attorney General wants South Carolinians to know it’s a problem everywhere.

Charleston ranks in one of the top 5 counties, along with neighboring Horry. AG Alan Wilson says it’s due to the amount of out-of-state tourism in the areas and the close proximity to I-95.

state-wide task force has been working to prosecute and help those involved.

Wilson says anyone can get lured into human trafficking-whether it’s labor or sex trafficking.

“They’re brought into the trade through coarsen, force, or fraud. Many of them are runaways. In fact, I believe one in 7 runaways is a victim of human trafficking,” said Wilson.

Wednesday, the US Department of Homeland Security will host a Facebook Live eventwith a panel discussion about human trafficking.

Wilson also visits groups state-wide to educate people about human trafficking.The Human Trafficking hotline is 1-888-373-7888.

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