South Carolina State Official Caught Aiding Human Trafficking Avoids Jail Time!
Unreal! Apparently officials working for the Cosmetology licensing division were selling licenses to people they knew where human traffickers who use the documents in their slavery rackets. State and Federal authorities investigated and the official involved was able to escape jail time by doing something called a pre-trail intervention. By the way when people finish their interventions, which include taxpayer funded counseling and rehabs, their records are expunged.
The slaves are still being trafficked. Seems fair, right?
COLUMBIA, SC –
The director of South Carolina’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation told a state Senate subcommittee Friday that an employee had been selling cosmetology licenses illegally out of the agency’s parking lot and that the agency had been under state and federal investigation.
“I was shocked,” says Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, chairman of the subcommittee.
Catherine Templeton says, “The allegation or the charge was the employee was selling licenses, and presumably to support the human trafficking that goes on through the nation. The licenses were provided to individuals who were not, who had not met the statutory requirements for the licenses and enabled people who were not otherwise qualified to work in South Carolina.”
She says the illegal licenses were for nail technicians and that human traffickers often get illegally obtained licenses so they’ll have a way to put their victims to work.
The LLR employee was fired and investigated and charged by the State Law Enforcement Division. Templeton says the employee was allowed to enter a pre-trial intervention program to avoid possible prison time.
Templeton says she also forced the retirement of another employee who was over the cosmetology section because the FBI was also investigating licensing at the agency.
Rough justice! The corruption also extended to the purchasing of equipment – the agency spent nearly $2,000,000 on a computer system that never got delivered. That’s not chump change but it’s small potatoes compared to officials helping slavers run their business. Here’s video: