Human trafficking is defined by the Department of Homeland Security as “a modern-day form of slavery, involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain.” Trafficking takes two primary forms: sexual slavery or sex trafficking; and labor trafficking. Both forms are illegal, and the penalties can lead to a lengthy prison term or even to life in prison.
A Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer can provide legal representation if you have been accused of involvement with human trafficking.
LV Criminal Defense has successfully represented many defendants, helping clients in entering into plea agreements; defending against charges; or securing lesser sentences or grants of immunity in exchange for cooperation with authorities. Give us a call today to learn more about your options for fighting charges.
Human trafficking is a $32 billion annual industry, with approximately 2.5 million people worldwide involved in trafficking at any given moment. Human trafficking includes:
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Human trafficking may occur within the same state, across state lines, or from one country to another. Whenever force, coercion, fraud, deception, abuse of power, or abduction is used to coerce a person into work or into sexual behavior, this can be classified as human trafficking.
In 1910, the Mann Act made it a federal felony to transport, or cause to be transported, an individual across state lines for purposes of prostitution. The Mann Act is one of many federal laws used to pursue criminal charges against those involved in human trafficking.
Defendants accused of any type of involvement with forced labor, sex trafficking, or debt bondage can expect to face serious penalties under myriad federal code sections found in 18 U.S. Code Chapter 77. For example:
These are just a few of several federal laws directly prohibiting any type of involvement with the trafficking of humans. If you are accused of coercing someone to become trafficked; if you kidnap, sell or transport someone to be trafficked; or if you “purchase” a human trafficking victim and keep the victim in service, you can expect to face federal charges that carry the possibility of a life sentence.
Every defendant accused of human trafficking deserves a vigorous defense by a qualified and experienced criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas. You must be treated as innocent until proven guilty. Prosecutors, judges, and juries often treat defendants of human trafficking harshly and you need to ensure you have a strong advocate protecting your legal rights and fighting for you.
LV Criminal Defense is a Las Vegas criminal defense firm that takes on the tough cases. We are experienced in providing legal representation to defendants accused of criminal offenses and we have successfully helped defendants to avoid lengthy prison sentences for some of the most serious crimes.
To learn more about how we can help when you have been accused of involvement with human trafficking, give us a call today.