In South Carolina, two new criminal human trafficking cases were filed in federal courts in 2020. Zero defendants were convicted. 94 percent of active defendants were charged with sex trafficking, and six percent were charged with forced labor. Since zero defendants were convicted federally, none were ordered to pay restitution to their victims, a decline in both convictions and restitution orders from 2019.

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*Each State Report’s findings are derived from data the Human Trafficking Institute compiled for the 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report. Findings are not a prevalence estimate of trafficking in the state but instead serve as an objective summary of federal efforts to address human trafficking in that state. The Report does not capture data from state prosecutions, federal or state civil suits, or unreported human trafficking cases.