Preying on the powerless

In a Columbia bust Willaim Gibson is one of two accused of forcing a sixteen year old girl into prostitution.

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH)-South Carolina Law Enforcement along with the FBI worked together to crack down on human trafficking. In a Columbia bust, William Gibson and Andrea Bostic are accused of forcing a sixteen year old girl into prostitution. Gibson and Bostic are facing several charges including sex trafficking of children.

"The traffickers know what to look for," said Yvonne Williams, co-founder of Human Trafficking Awareness USA. "They want people they can manipulate into doing what they want done."

The sixteen year old girl said she wasn't being fed at her grandmother's house, and was introduced to Gibson. According to federal court documents, this is not the first time

Willam Gibson has been on the wrong side of the law. He was currently out on bond, accused of murder and assault charges.

Ginny Waller, the Executive Director of the Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, says predators prey on children who are powerless.

"You have someone in position of authority, or a position of power who offers assistance to someone who is desperate or in need and promises them a better life than they had before," said Waller.

Waller says they provide crisis intervention to talk to the survivor about how it is not his or her fault.

If you are or know someone who is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Trafficking hotline at 888-373-7888.