Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Hotline Mandated Posters

Legislation passed in 2015 mandating the posting of information about the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. The following establishments are required to post notices in no less than 8.5 x11 size in conspicuous places:

  • Establishments that have been declared a nuisance for prostitution pursuant to law;
  • An adult business, including a nightclub, bar, restaurant, or another similar establishment in which a person appears in a state of sexually explicit nudity or semi-nudity, as defined by law;
  • Businesses and establishments that offer massage or bodywork services by any person who is not licensed under appropriate laws;
  • Emergency rooms within any hospital;
  • Urgent care centers;
  • Any hotel, motel, room, or accommodation furnished to transients for which fees are charged in this State;
  • All agricultural labor contractors and agricultural labor transporters as defined by law;
  • All airports, train stations, bus stations, rest areas, and truck stops.

Posters that meet the requirements of the new law are available for download below.

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Partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:

South Carolina has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in promoting the Blue Campaign.  The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the DHS efforts to combat human trafficking. Among many things, this partnership includes a series of three human trafficking awareness posters that are available for download and public display.  They are available in both English and Spanish.

To access posters, please download and extract the files above.  For assistance with these files please contact us.

Read more about this partnership.

Publications on Human Trafficking:

South Carolina State Plan to Address Human Trafficking

This Plan was drafted by the legislatively-mandated South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force to discuss and evaluate the problem of human trafficking in South Carolina and to develop strategies to use going forward in the fight against this growing problem. This document includes the Task Force’s findings and recommendations and also contains general information about human trafficking and additional resources for further study.

Executive Summary of the South Carolina State Plan to Address Human Trafficking

The Executive Summary is a brief overview of the State Plan compiled by the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office.

South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force Annual Report 2015

The South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force has published this report in compliance with the human trafficking law, specifically in S.C. Code Ann. § 16-3-2050(D)(3).  This annual report is structured to reflect four of the focus areas of the State Plan.  In each of those areas, this report aims to highlight the progress that has been made, what is currently being worked on, and the goals and recommendations for moving forward as identified by the task force over the past year.

About Human Trafficking:

Human trafficking is often referred to as “modern day slavery,” and can be labor trafficking, sex trafficking, or both. Victims vary widely and potentially include citizens, non-citizens, males, females, children, and adults. Trafficking is not something that only happens abroad, and foreign nationals are not the only persons that are trafficked. United States citizens, including South Carolina citizens, are also among those trafficked – and at risk for becoming trafficking victims.

Statistics and data are presently scarce for human trafficking in South Carolina on the state level, due in large part to the underground nature of the crime. With the new South Carolina statute in place, investigators and prosecutors will be better able to bring human trafficking in South Carolina to light, and traffickers to justice. In 2015 the State Grand Jury was given jurisdiction for multi-county human trafficking cases. This allows the expansion of these investigations to follow typical trafficker behaviors, while saving victims from having to re-live trauma because of jurisdictional boundaries.

Public awareness and education is also a large component in anti-human trafficking efforts, and the more that is known about this terrible offense, the quicker it can be stopped. For more information, please visit:

http://www.polarisproject.org/

http://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/programs/anti-trafficking

 

About the South Carolina Law: South Carolina Code, Sections 16-3-2010 through 2090:

In 2012, the South Carolina legislature passed comprehensive new legislation to combat human trafficking in South Carolina. The law became effective on December 15, 2012. South Carolina is now among the states with the highest ranking human trafficking laws in the country. This new statute includes higher penalties than the previous human trafficking statute, criminal liability for business owners engaging in human trafficking, restitution for victims, civil action availability for victims, and asset forfeiture by convicted traffickers. There is also a provision in the statute that the Attorney General chair a task force, along with other essential agencies, dedicated to investigating and addressing the problem of human trafficking.

The task force was directed to develop a state plan addressing human trafficking in South Carolina. The South Carolina State Plan to Address Human Trafficking was released on June 12, 2014, and can be viewed in its entirety under the above heading Publications on Human Trafficking.

The task force is currently working on implementation of the plan, and meets quarterly for these purposes.  To find out more about the meetings please contact our office.

 

If You Suspect Human Trafficking:

Contact your local law enforcement, or call the toll-free National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline at 1-888-373-7888. More information on the NHTRC and how to report human trafficking can be found here: http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/national-human-trafficking-hotline/the-nhtrc/overview

If your office or agency would like a training on human trafficking, please contact us.

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