There! I said it! Yes, despite some who don't want to believe it, and others who don't want to recognize it, and those who just don't know what to look for, it DOES exist in Myrtle Beach as well as every county in our great state of South Carolina!
A fantastic and informative article was written in the Daily Surge (March 3, 2011) by Kimberly Moore that distinctly lays it on the line about the issue of human trafficking and it's existence here on the beautiful Grand Strand. Moore's article points out the fact that the trafficking of humans is not happening just in Asia or other parts of the world, but all over America, even in our own backyard.
Moore goes on to explain how we in Myrtle Beach are in a prime location with easy access to I95 and a transient, resort population that easily hides victims in the belly and back door entrances of many seemingly legitimate establishments. She introduces the readers to the local citizens who are tirelessly reaching out to legislators, law enforcement agencies, and especially the general public to educate them on the many facets of trafficking. Kudos to Kelly O'Neil-Bagwell and Betty Houbion of Eastern Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking (ECCHAT) and Sgt. Selena Mann of the Conway Police Dept., who burn the midnight oil for the issues they are passionately trying to correct, and to all the others not named.
One of the highlights of the article was recognition for Here Women Talk, the show, TRAFFICKED, and its host, Dottie Laster and the rescue of a victim who called into the show in September 2010. The group sprang into action and within 24 hours, "Lisbeth" was taken to safety.
I hope everyone takes the time to read and savor every word, and then tell your family, friends and neighbors what you've learned!
Once you know, it becomes your responsibility, too. Pass it on!
Kelly O'Neil-Bagwell will be a speaker March 23 at a one-day seminar in Myrtle Beach providing training to law enforcement, healthcare, social service groups and the general public on how to recognize, and potentially rescue, human trafficking victims. The one-day training seminar will be held at the Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors office at 951 Shine Ave., near The Market Common on former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. Continuing education (CE) credits will be given to participants in the criminal justice, healthcare and social service fields.
Read more: http://www.thesunnews.com/2011/03/03/2013717/human-trafficking.html...