Human trafficking remains growing problem in South Carolina

    Human trafficking, generic. (MGN)

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says the growing problem of human trafficking means his office needs to put more resources in to fighting it.

    Wilson released his Human Trafficking Task Force's report for 2018 on Friday.

    It shows prosecutors closed 64 human trafficking cases in 2018 with about half of them being forwarded to federal law enforcement. The report says almost all the rest ended in guilty pleas in state court.

    The task force's chief goal in 2019 is to implement a new data collection system that Wilson says will finally give his office the full scope of the problem in South Carolina.

    Wilson says human trafficking for sex is especially bad in tourist areas. He says the victims of traffickers are often poor people in rural areas.

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