A new study from Clemson University shows human trafficking is probably happening more than you think. Its the first of its kind in South Carolina to try and identify those cases.
Professor Mark Small was the leader of the study
“A lot of people are interested in the topic, but it’s hard to get a sense of the magnitude and the severity, but we’re hoping, this is a first step,” Small explained.
Small says they went through police incident reports from Greenville County from 2010-2012. They found of the previous kidnapping and prostitution case files – nearly 20 percent showed signs of human trafficking. They hope to expand the study to look at agencies across the state. They say addressing the problem first starts with understanding it.
Zaina Greene of “SWITCH,” an Upstate organization working to put an end to human trafficking, says the numbers don’t surprise them.
“It just validates what we’ve been trying to say. We’ve been trying to tell the community, you know, there is a problem. We need to get involved. We need to get mobilized to do something about this problem, and that’s why SWITCH is there,” said Greene.