MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Members of the Coastal Region Human Trafficking Task Force spent all day Monday handing out human trafficking awareness posters to dozens of Ocean Boulevard hotels ahead of the Carolina Country Music Festival.
The poster lists the warning signs of human trafficking and phone numbers to call for help.
“We’re seeing things on tv here and there in the media, but we’re not really realizing that it’s right in front of us every single day,” Jeanne Bennett, co-chair of the Prevention, Awareness, Education Committee in the task force said.
According to the Coastal Region Task Force’s data, Horry County has the third most reported cases of human trafficking in the state.
“This could be happening to their own brother, sister, daughter, son. It happens at a very young age,” Bennett said.
The group asked hotel employees to hang a poster in the lobby bathroom or keep one at the front desk to spread awareness and hopefully save a victim.
“With these types of publicity and awareness and posters and flyers, we’re hoping to reach a group that may not know that we exist, and we’re hoping to help them,” Brooke Holden, spokesperson for the Horry County Sheriff’s Office said.
To join the Attorney General’s Coastal Region Human Trafficking Task Force, or contact its members, click here.
To read stories from human trafficking victims, click here.
To learn about the general signs of human trafficking, click here.
The National Human Trafficking Hotline is +1-888-373-7888.