A resolution passed by the U.S. Senate in 2007 marked January 11 as a day of awareness for the victims of human trafficking around the world. Keeping with the resolution, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has proclaimed January 11 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day for South Carolina.
ECCAHT (Eastern Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking) is asking counties and municipalities “to put an end to this criminal activity and restore freedom and dignity to its victims.”
The organization says the public should know more about human trafficking, which is often referred to as modern day slavery. The group says knowing of trafficking’s existence and how to recognize it will help bring it to an end.
The proclamation is to be read during the legislative session on Tuesday by Rep. Nelson Hardwick (R-Horry). He will read the proclamation and also plans to speak before his peers about human trafficking and a bill he will reintroduce (formerly H.4522).
The bill’s main component is to give restitution to the victim by taking the revenue from the traffickers to pay the victim, law enforcement, court and other related services.