Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in South Carolina

By K. Park

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Human trafficking has come to the forefront of many Americans' minds through reporting, investigation and even popular culture. With legislation in 2012, South Carolina made a pledge to end the crime. But in 2016 alone, 73 reports related to human trafficking were made in the state. Palmetto Scene examines how South Carolinians are working together to end this crime, and where the state must go to ensure victims' well-being and safety.

What is Human Trafficking? Understanding this Crime in South Carolina

By K. Park

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“Human trafficking does present a threat in South Carolina,” says Marie Sazehn.

Sazehn serves as an Assistant Attorney General who understands the crime and its implications.

“A lot of times when people think of human trafficking, it is something they associate with big Hollywood movies, like “Taken,” or something that only happens overseas, to people that live abroad, or that are smuggled into the country.  However, I assure you that South Carolina citizens are trafficking South Carolina-born victims in our state.”