Some South Carolina towns have developed regional water systems. Others still rely on their own utilities to bring in revenue, even with pollution safety concerns, rising repair costs and less customers.
Many South Carolina utility companies don’t add fluoride to the tap water people drink. Dentists say this increases tooth decay patient numbers, and that the poorest residents suffer with high dental work bills.
South Carolina water systems often are not penalized heavily for safe drinking water violations, despite government health department citations for an array of problems. Many systems don’t have money to pay fines.
S.C. criminalized human trafficking in 2012. But many victims have been brainwashed and manipulated, making it difficult for police to execute an arrest and prosecutors to secure a conviction under the new law.
Beth Messick searches the darkest corners of Greenville, SC for human trafficking victims. Inspired by her love for the community, she founded Jasmine Road, a housing program that helps victims heal and create a new life.
Beth Messick, executive director of Jasmine Road in Greenville, SC, searches through hundreds of advertisements for sex and meets women in jail, all in an effort to identify victims of sex trafficking.
Labor trafficking happens at South Carolina massage businesses when women in debt come to the US under false promises. Here’s how the organized crime network works and possible solutions to forced prostitution.
Parents in South Carolina who need day care for children face waiting lists, costly fees, lotteries & a tuition price that can exceed college & mortgage payments due to high demand, The State found in a survey.
S.C. law enforcement and the Department of Social Services sometimes don’t communicate when home day care providers are arrested or investigated. And DSS isn’t sharing information within its own department.
Regulators from the SC Department of Social Services found roach infestations, overcrowded homes and other threats to children in some home day cares, open to annual, unannounced inspections since a 2014 law.