Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Last year the legislature passed a bill intending to strengthen South Carolina's laws against human trafficking. Attorney General Alan Wilson hopes the newly created task force will help spark the change they are hoping for.
"It is a problem in South Carolina, slavery is alive and well in our state, I hate to call it that but that is what it is," said Wilson. "People don't like that word but when you peel back the layers that is what is happening."
Wilson says human trafficking does not have a stereotype. The victims, as well as the traffickers, don't fit any certain mold.
"I've heard a dozen times parents say, 'I never thought it would happen to my child', and I am trying to get parents to understand that now. No one is above being trafficked and it can happen under your nose," said Wilson.
The new law created a human trafficking task force that's led by Wilson. The Republican attorney general says the group is working on a plan for combatting the issue.