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SC Attorney General pushes for more education on human trafficking

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"It is happening, and it is happening right under our noses," said South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson. The Attorney General is working to educate anyone who could be in contact with human trafficking across the state, which he said, is everyone. 

"it can happen to anyone, at any age, at anytime," said Wilson.

He said the awareness of this growing crime, isn't quite where it needs to be, and it's a business he says, could outgrow drug trafficking.  I get to use the same person over and over and over, I don't have to restock or re-supply. That is a very profitable business model for a criminally inclined person," said Wilson.

Last month his office was one of several departments that put together the first *ever human trafficking summit in the state, all family and circuit judges were ordered to attend among others. 

"The law enforcement community, victims advocacy groups, persecution agencies, under the tent to really understand the full scope the problem that human trafficking is and presents to South Carolina," said Wilson.

He said in order to continue investigating and prosecuting these cases, everyone needs to be on the same page.  Switch SC, a Greenville based organization to educate and assist victims of human trafficking were also there. 

"The fact that we've summoned our judges to come and get education on human trafficking and sex trafficking is huge," said Zaina Greene with Switch.

She said now, judges will know what to look for in terms of a victims and the signs they may present, and she says it's mainly geared towards minors.

"Having judges and those that are involved in these cases, being fully aware, educated and aware is really going to hopefully help us to look at these cases differently and maybe even look into the dynamics that are happening, that are bringing these minors into court," said Greene.

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