New Child Sex Trafficking Task Force Created in Lowcountry, Rise In Cases

A new task force here in the Lowcountry, to combat child sex trafficking. This, after authorities say, they’ve been recognizing more cases here in South Carolina.

The new group is between several organizations, including North Charleston Police, and MUSC to name a few.

Dr. Kendra Ham, who works at MUSC as child abuse pediatrician and is on the task force says the average age is about 12 to 16 years old for trafficking.

And it’s a transient crime, here in the Carolina’s, authorities say major routes for trafficking are Greenville, Charlotte, and Charleston.

Of the more than 10,000 endangered runaways reported to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2014, one in six were likely victims of child sex trafficking.

So how do you identify a victim:

-Lack of freedom (Signs of being controlled)

-Few or no personal possessions

-Lack of knowledge of whereabouts, frequent movement

-Inconsistencies in story

-Does not know key information about employer or boyfriend

-Not in control of ID documents

-Signs of physical abuse, malnourishment, lack of healthcare

-Owes a debt and cannot pay it off, paid very little, has a quota

References:

WEB

http://www.missingkids.com/KeyFacts

As for number from SC the South Carolina FBI Field website: https://www.fbi.gov/columbia/contact-us/contact

FBI Columbia

151 Westpark Blvd

Columbia, SC 29210-3857

columbia.fbi.gov

(803) 551-4200

Here is the link to the ICAC contacts that you can share with the reporter:  https://www.icactaskforce.org/Pages/TaskForceContactInfo.aspx

State Clearinghouse:

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Missing Person Information Center

803-737-9000 or 800-322-4453 (nationwide)North Charleston Police Department

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