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South Carolina AG seeks to stop sex trafficking

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Attorney General Alan Wilson Attorney General Alan Wilson
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

State attorneys general around the country want federal lawmakers to make changes to help stop sex trafficking. 

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson spoke about the issue Tuesday to nearly 100 county leaders at South Carolina's annual Association of Counties conference.  

Wilson said human sex trafficking isn't just a global issue, it's a state issue that affecting hundreds in the Palmetto State. 

Investigators busted a sex trafficking ring in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas this past January.

Wilson said his office and attorneys general in 49 other states are taking a more proactive approach to fighting the problem.

They are asking the federal government to amend the Communications Decency Act of 1996.

"It was intended to protect children from predators online. But it is actually being used as a shield by predators online to deny states the possibility to prosecute those crimes," Wilson said.

Wilson said they're asking the government to amend the law so states can go after online predators.

Wilson's office is also putting together a sex trafficking hotline and a state task force to educate South Carolinians about the growing issue.

"If we can educate people early on, we can prevent it or we can at least teach the parents so they can at least see the signs so they can prevent this from happening to their child," he said.

Wilson said the task force will be beneficial. He said officials need the public's help to try to stop sex trafficking.

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