SC attorney general discusses human trafficking with Winthrop students

S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson speaks with Winthrop University student Kayla Owens after addressing a group of students about human trafficking Tuesday. Wilson said human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world, and that until recently, South Carolina was one of the worst states in the country with regard to its laws on the practice. TEDDY KULMALA tkulmala@heraldonline.com

S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson speaks with Winthrop University student Kayla Owens after addressing a group of students about human trafficking Tuesday. Wilson said human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world, and that until recently, South Carolina was one of the worst states in the country with regard to its laws on the practice. TEDDY KULMALA tkulmala@heraldonline.com

Human trafficking is not an “exotic” crime limited to mafia organizations and third world countries – it’s happening across the United States and in South Carolina – including York County.

That was what S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson wanted 150 Winthrop University students to understand during his visit to Rock Hill on Tuesday.

Wilson called human trafficking “modern day slavery” and one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises.

“Slavery is very much alive in the U.S. and it is certainly alive in South Carolina,” he said, adding that last year, state law enforcement and service providers assisted 155 human trafficking victims.

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