Sex trafficking in most states is a separate crime from prostitution and involves receiving, recruiting, enticing, providing or obtaining an individual then aid in the prostitution of that individual. No person may legally consent to sex trafficking, therefore the typical defenses of consent or mistakes in age will not work in cases of sex trafficking. Your attorney may be able to defend you based on improper police procedure or improperly obtained evidence. The punishments and penalties for sex trafficking crimes are very serious and should the victim have suffered bodily harm or was held in bondage for more than six months, the punishments are even more severe.
Heavy fines, years in prison and a permanent criminal record can be the end result of charges of human trafficking and should the victim of the trafficking be a child, the person convicted could spend decades behind bars and end up with a sex offender registration mandate for the remainder of their life. Human sex trafficking is the third largest criminal industry in the world, following closely behind arms dealing and drug dealing. The United Nations believes sex trafficking generates billions annually and expects human sex trafficking to overtake drug dealing in the near future.
Human trafficking is likened to modern day slavery however the charges and accusations can be blown out of proportion by the prosecutor on the case. Attorneys who defend those charged with sex trafficking must have an extremely sophisticated understanding of the law surrounding sex trafficking cases as well as extensive experience defending those charged with the crime. In some instances a person can find themselves facing sex trafficking charges even if they only peripherally participated in the sale or trade of a human being.
Since much human trafficking involves crossing state lines, it can be charged as a federal sex crime meaning the federal prosecutors have nearly unlimited resources to prosecute such cases. If the prosecution believes you transported, harbored or recruited the victim with full knowledge he or she would be going into sexual servitude then you could be charged with human trafficking. If you gained some level of financial profit from the transaction, your charges may increase. In many cases human trafficking charges are brought along with other charges such as conspiracy and coercion, meaning punishments can be greatly enhanced.
A person charged with human trafficking needs an experienced sex crimes criminal defense attorney on their case as quickly as the find out charges have been filed. It is imperative that you get the knowledgeable help you need before your case has gone too far and your attorney is unable to halt the wheels which have been set into motion. Because the punishments are so severe (as much as thirty years in prison) you need an aggressive defender who will be looking out for your best interests and your rights from start to finish. Take your charges seriously and find an attorney who will take them equally seriously.