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We now have House Bill 3757 and Senate Bill 1135

February 1, 2012

We now have House Bill 3757 and Senate Bill 1135. We need an upfront State bill in South Carolina. The legislature did a fabulous thing last year. They passed an amendment to the penalty code, making human trafficking a Class A felony – Extreme Violent Crime. It however applied only to convicted traffickers. The laws now pending will make sure that traffickers are convicted.
Thank you AG Alan Wilson, Sen. Bradley Hutto and Chamption Rep. Nelson Hardwic, and Prosecutor Duffie Stone, and Ellen Hamilton (Yeah ! we now have the first time in SC the capability to safe house victims of human trafficking !), Laura Hudson, Tammy Besherse and Patricia Ravenhorst. Thank you Polaris Project……Betty Houbion

Beaufort County solicitor lends support to human trafficking bill

Beaufort County’s top prosecutor has joined the state attorney general in urging passage of a human-trafficking bill that has been stuck in committee since last year.The bill criminalizes sex trafficking, gives prosecutors the power to seize the assets and property of convicted traffickers, and provides much-needed support to victims, who often suffer in silence, 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone said.Stone and S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson were among the speakers Tuesday at a press conference in Columbia to lobby for House Bill 3757, introduced in February by state Rep. Nelson Hardwick, R-Surfside Beach. The bill was referred last year to the House Judiciary Committee, where it remains.“Human trafficking is a clandestine crime, meaning it often goes underreported or sometimes totally unreported in many cases,” Stone said. “The people running these organizations do so the same way (former Mafia boss John) Gotti did — through fear and intimidation.”

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