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3 guilty in Aiken prostitution case

COLUMBIA — Two people from Mexico and one from Honduras have pleaded guilty to sending illegal immigrants across state lines to be prostitutes for migrant workers in Aiken Coun­ty, federal prosecutors say.

Maria Garcia-Moreno, 42; Ruben Cabanas-Torres, 30; and Esteban Acosta-Munoz, 51, each face up to 10 years in prison at sentencing.

Prosecutors say the three suspects transported women who were in the U.S. illegally from Atlanta to Aiken County for more than three years to sell sex to farmworkers.

Authorities say all three will be deported after serving any prison sentences.

Credit monitoring available to young

COLUMBIA — Experian is notifying South Carolina parents that they can begin signing up to have their children’s credit monitored, Gov. Nikki Haley announced Friday.

The Family Secure service is part of the state’s response to the hacking of millions of taxpayers’ personal data.

Experian began sending e-mails and letters Thurs­day on the availability of Family Secure, free to parents for one year after sign-up. The cost is covered by the state’s $12 million contract with the credit bureau.

In other news

U.S. REP. TIM SCOTT, from South Carolina’s 1st Dis­trict along the state’s southern coast, has been named to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee for the chamber. The Re­pub­lican is the first South Carolinian on the panel since future Gov. Carroll Campbell in the 1980s.


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