Tri-County Human Trafficking Task Brings Awareness of the Severity of Human Trafficking in South Carolina

January 11, 2019, 11:43 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX 24 NEWS NOW) – Human trafficking is often referred to as modern day slavery. It is still one of the fastest growing multi-billion dollar crimes in the United States with a hotbed of activity right here in the south.

Brooke Burris, chair of the Tri-County Human Trafficking Task Force and director of policy for the Lynch Foundation for Children, joined us to discuss human trafficking and its severity in South Carolina.

Sex trafficking became defined in South Carolina law in 2012 as the exchange of sexual services for something of value in the case of minors. The age of consent in South Carolina is sixteen-years-old, but cannot consent to commercial sex.

The Tri-County Human Trafficking Task Force will be holding an event Friday, January 11th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Warehouse at Seacoast Church on 750 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. The event is called ‘Students Against Trafficking Youth Summit 2019.’ The purpose of this summit is to educate and empower the Charleston area High School students to make a difference on the impacts of human trafficking in their school and among peers.

For more information on Human Trafficking in South Carolina, click here.