Tri-County Now Host to Human Trafficking Task Force

April 12, 2018, 2:28 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX 24 NEWS NOW) — Is someone controlling you? Is your boss threatening you?

These are questions being asked by the South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force.

In 2016, there were 78 reported cases of human trafficking in the state. Among those cases, 56 were sex trafficking and 17 were labor trafficking.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world and here at home, which is why Attorney General Alan Wilson created the South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force to prevent, protect and prosecute.

What is human trafficking?

It’s the recruitment, transportation, transfer and harboring of people by force or threat — most often for sex or labor — and in other cases, organ harvesting.

Millions are affected around the globe and right here in this country.

A special event is happening this Saturday to get the community better educated on the crisis we’re facing in our own backyards; modern-day slavery or human trafficking.