South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced South Carolina’s first human trafficking convictions on Monday.
Colin Mendez and Denicia Lleydi were both convicted on one count and sentenced to 12 years, Wilson said.
According to Wilson, Mendez and Lleydi held a victim against their will for the purpose of sex trafficking in 2013, from January through April.
“While this may be the first human trafficking conviction in South Carolina, it will likely not be the last,” Wilson said. “Thanks to the hard work of Assistant Attorneys General Kinli Abee and Marie Sazehn, we were able to secure the first Human Trafficking convictions in South Carolina.”