COLUMBIA — A recent case of human trafficking uncovered in North Charleston has helped bring awareness to a little-known situation that plays out in South Carolina and across the nation, advocate Betty Houbion said today.

Houbion, vice president of the Eastern Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking, said a team of advocates and law enforcement officers will gather at the Statehouse at 10 a.m. Jan. 11, the day lawmakers return to session, to help educate the public on human trafficking.

Officials from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina will join officials from the State Law Enforcement Division and the S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence, among others, for a news conference on the crime and how the public can help fight it.

Human trafficking is term that describes forced labor and sexual exploitation. State lawmakers added it to the list of violent crimes last year.

In November, a North Charleston woman was charged with human trafficking after a young Mexican woman was found wandering in a confused state in a North Charleston subdivision. The Mexican woman told police she had been smuggled into United States and was being held against her will.

Read more in Thursday's editions of The Post and Courier.