Six People Arrested In York County Human Trafficking Investigation
YORK COUNTY, S.C. — York County officers have arrested six people suspected to be involved in a prostitution and human trafficking investigation.
The York County Sheriff’s Office has been focusing on areas near the state line in Fort Mill to stop human trafficking, which led to identifying the suspects.
After further investigation it has been revealed that one person was a victim of human trafficking and has been forced or coerced into the illegal activity, a news release said. The victim is receiving assistance from the Homeland Security Investigations.
“We understand that individuals who engage in this type of illegal activity are often victims themselves. The York County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to enforcing the law, but we are also mindful of the circumstances that may lead a person to this life,” Sheriff Kevin Tolson said in a news release.
The suspects in the investigation have been identified as 36-year-old Courtney Kinner of Summerville, SC, 49-year-old Allyson Simmons of Charlotte, 31-year-old Erin Touchbaum of Charlotte, 43-year-old Wanda Overcash of Charlotte and 27-year-old Marissa May of Jonesville, Wisconsin, a news release said.
According to York County officials, the suspects have been charged for prostitution, illegal narcotics as well as other times.
The sixth person involved has now been identified at this time. The case is under further investigation.