South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson Monday released the 2021 Human Trafficking annual report.
The report details the efforts of the State Task Force to combat human trafficking. Member efforts continue to assist victims, prosecute traffickers, and prevent human trafficking from happening in our state.
According to the report, number one for human trafficking reports in South Carolina is Horry County for the third year in a row.
In an effort to prevent South Carolina’s young people from becoming victims of human trafficking, the Attorney General’s Office is kicking off a prevention education initiative in 2022. The initiative will offer year-round opportunities for young people to become more aware of the complexities of the crime. The prevention education program was designed for middle and high schools, youth-serving agencies, faith groups, and child welfare agencies.
The top 10 counties for cases were as follows:
- 6-way tie: Aiken, Cherokee, Colleton, Florence, Lexington, Orangeburg
Wilson also said there were 121 cases for this past year, down from 139 the year before.