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Bill intended to make it easier for prosecutors to combat human trafficking headed to Haley


COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Legislation to allow South Carolina's State Grand Jury to investigate human trafficking is heading to Gov. Nikki Haley for final approval.

The Senate voted Tuesday to give final legislative approval to the bill that Attorney General Alan Wilson considered a top legislative priority. It received unanimous support in both chambers.

Wilson's office oversees the State Grand Jury. He says the measure would give prosecutors and local law enforcement a new weapon against modern-day slavery. The ability to send cases to the State Grand Jury means they're no longer restricted by local jurisdictional boundaries.

The state's chief prosecutor says the bill would fix an oversight in the state's 2012 anti-human-trafficking law. Wilson says the fix would mean human traffickers could no longer hide by scurrying from county to county.

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