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Are you, or loved one, the victim of sex trafficking? Did others involve you and sexual exploitation through forced labor to engage in criminal sexual activity?
At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys are legal advocates for victims of commercial sex and aggressively fight to hold criminals accountable for their crimes. Call our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) to schedule a consultation to discuss your legal options.
Forced Sexual Activity
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the country every year. Meanwhile, the rate of domestic sex traffic crimes - citizens being trafficked within the same country - is much higher at 200,000 individuals, primarily children, every year.
According to the International Labor Organization, an estimated 4.5 million women, children, and men are coerced and engaging in the commercial sex trade. Forced sex occurs in many locations, including hotels, motels, cruise ships, theme parks, resorts, and nightclubs.
California has consistently been the state where the highest number of human trafficking cases are reported. In 2019, the number was 1,507 cases. As for cities, some are more high-risk for sex traffic cases than others.
These include Miami, Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlanta, and Washington. In addition, in a 2020 report, a human rights organization reported that human trafficking had risen 185% up from last year.
Therefore, citizens need to be alert. But, more importantly, individuals who have been trafficked into or within the country should be familiar with the channels for help and laws that protect them.
In many cases, sex traffickers gain business through word-of-mouth and advertise online through escort services that direct their customers to hotels, motels, resorts, nightclubs, and other companies.
What Is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is defined as the use of coercion, fraud, or force to obtain commercial sex acts or other forms of labor from an individual. Millions of underage minors, men, and women in the U.S. have been trafficked across the globe and within their countries.
Human traffickers often use manipulative tactics, false promises, and violence to lure every sex trade victim. Unfortunately, most victims of human trafficking remain silent due to the lack of response from the authorities, fear of the traffickers, and language barriers.
Human traffickers typically look for people who are somehow disadvantaged, financially, or socially. For instance, an Asian or African woman coming to the U.S. who may speak only a little English can unexpectedly become the victim of sex trafficking when needing protection, money, and housing.
Traffickers also target underage minors, especially those who have faced emotional neglect at home or suffer from economic hardships. It is not uncommon for an underage minor to become a victim of sex trafficking when the young person can only get money by committing crimes.
Noticing the signs of human trafficking can save many lives since trafficked individuals are often around us, constantly working for shady businesses.
Individuals who recognize a sex trafficking crime involving sex through coercion at hotels, motels, nightclubs, and other locations should contact the civil authorities immediately to hold the traffickers accountable.
Is Human Trafficking Against the Law?
Human trafficking is synonymous with modern-day slavery and is a crime under international and domestic law. All states in the U.S. have criminalized sex trafficking and taken steps to ensure that every person engaging in sex trafficking crimes is held criminally accountable.
In the U.S., the punishment for human trafficking is a five-year prison sentence. Meanwhile, if the victims of sex trafficking are under 18, the perpetrator is sentenced to eight years in prison.
Where Sex Trafficking Is Most Common
In the U.S., sex trafficking is most common the following states: California, New York, Florida, and Texas. While some individuals are trafficked from other countries and continents, most victims of sex trade trafficking are U.S. citizens, especially underage minors.
As for global human trafficking figures, Cuba, Iran, Russia, Venezuela, China, and North Korea infamously have the highest annual cases of human trafficking.
Types of Human Trafficking
Statistics show that about 17% of child runaways are sex trafficking victims. Additionally, studies show that there are six types of human trafficking.
Refugees from poor or underdeveloped countries come to the U.S. in hopes of a better life for themselves and their families. Instead, sex traffickers take advantage of their economic hardships and intimidate them into modern-day slavery.
Cases of forced labor are common in the beauty industry, such as nail salons and massage parlors.
Sex traffic survivors, including minor girls, are 'pimped' out for criminal activity by their traffickers, who eventually take most of the cut of their earnings for forced slavery.
Unfortunately, traffickers often operate under the guise of prostitution, which is regarded as a 'victimless crime' as both parties' consent is involved.
However, victims of commercial sex are not entitled to giving consent since their traffickers manipulate them through force, fraud, or coercion to participate in coerced sex.
Organ trafficking networks exploit the recipient's and donor's desperation to fill their pockets. On the one hand, donors need money. But, on the other hand, recipients don't have any other way to save their lives.
Organ traffickers leverage this situation and have often been healthcare professionals, such as doctors, ambulance drivers, and nurses.
Child marriages involving underage girls can be categorized as sex trafficking cases since the marriage is without the child's consent, marrying them through force, fraud, or coercion.
Often, family members are responsible for the criminal activity of coerced commercial sex involving young girls. While 85% of the cases involve underage females, 15% of the male victims are also forced into marriage.
Most sex trafficking cases involve children since they're highly vulnerable and easy to control. In addition, traffickers use underage minors as tools of violence, training them to detonate bombs and inciting terrorism.
In this case, a victim of sex trafficking willingly agrees to labor trafficking to pay off a loan. Unfortunately, most victims of commercial sex never manage to escape this cycle, while those who do get away have to suffer from life-long trauma.
In many sex trafficking cases, the loan could be monetary or arbitrary, depending on the victim's circumstances.
How Human Traffickers Get Their Victims
Human traffickers use several tactics to get their commercial sex victims, including psychological manipulation, sexual violence, threats, physical force, fraud or coercion, etc.
Criminals are successful at sexually exploiting underage minors or other disadvantaged groups, including domestic workers, often ignored by local law enforcement.
Although women make up most victims participating in commercial sex acts, it's also surprising that most traffickers are women.
Where Victims of Human Trafficking Can Get Help
Help from state governmental agencies and authorities is available to every trafficking victim. The trafficking victim could file a civil lawsuit against businesses that profited from their forced labor trafficking to participate in commercial sex.
The service is available to sex-trafficked survivors who engage in commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion depend on the following factors:
National Human Trafficking Hotline
Sex trafficking survivors can also call on the national human trafficking hotline, which is 1-888-373-7888.
Callers can get help through the national human trafficking hotline and contact a service provider in their city or report about a possible human trafficking practice in their area.
Who Investigates Trafficking?
The U.S. Department of Justice investigates and combats sex trafficking in collaboration with other government enforcement agencies.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also handles trafficking cases under the Crime Against Children and Human Trafficking initiative. Along with international trafficking, the FBI also notes domestic human trafficking, where victims are manipulated through force, fraud, or coercion.
Organizations Advocating for Human Trafficking
Today, many non-profit organizations are advocating for human trafficking and raising awareness on the subject. Here are some of them:
- CAST-Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
- Center for Human Trafficking Awareness
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) Child Abuse Library Online (CALIO)
- Male Survivor (previously known as National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization)
These organizations are involved in raising public awareness, helping every victim of sex trafficking resolve their traumas, and offering a voice to other non-profits that develop prevention programs.
Meanwhile, some of them also train individuals to identify the signs of human trafficking and save youth who might be at risk of being trafficked.
Laws in Place for Human Trafficking
According to U.S. laws, human trafficking is referred to as 'trafficking in persons.' As a result, there have been many laws to combat the crimes.
The U.S. Department of State describes sex trafficking as an "active recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion."
Trafficking Victims Protection Act
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (2000) was the first-ever federal law that addressed sex trafficking. The three major segments of this law included prosecution, protection, and prevention.
Later in 2017, 2013, 2008, 2005, and 2003, the Sex Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act reauthorized this law.
The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act
Created in 2015, The U.S. Congress passed sex trafficking laws to improve the country's response to victims of human trafficking. It had many amendments that would eventually enhance the services available to victims.
Here are the two notable amendments in the Sex Trafficking Act:
- The law declared that young victims of human trafficking are eligible to receive services offered under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.
- The federal law included pornography involving minors and human trafficking in the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.
Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act
Presented in 2014, this Sex Trafficking Act aimed to reduce the instances of human trafficking in foster homes. In addition, the law specified improvements in the child welfare system to identify the young individuals who were victims of sex trafficking in the foster care system.
Additionally, the sex trafficking law called for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to get reports of missing minors and develop protocols to find these underage minors and analyze the circumstances they went through.
Moreover, the Sex Trafficking Law required welfare agencies to report these instances to the law enforcement agencies and identify underage minors at risk of being trafficked to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Crime of Forced Labor
Whether commercial sex involves coerced labor or forced prostitution, human trafficking leaves incurable scars on the physical, emotional, and mental health of survivors injured through sexual exploitation. Quite alarmingly, the instances of sex trafficking are increasing in the U.S., raising the need for more awareness and vigilance in the matter.
While authorities are working to improve services to help every victim, the public should keep their eyes open to spot human trafficking in their area involving women and underage minors.
More importantly, survivors of sex trafficking should file lawsuits against perpetrators and get assistance from federal authorities and local non-profit organizations whenever. Many law firms offer free consultations to discuss all legal opportunities to hold sex businesses accountable for their crimes.
Hiring Traffic Lawyers to Hold Criminals Legally and Financially Accountable
Are you a human trafficking victim coerced to engage in criminal activity through sexual exploitation? Our sex trafficking lawyers can provide immediate protection and hold those who earned money through force labor pay you for your damages.
Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to speak with a person who can schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys will listen to your story in a confidential setting and use federal and international law to build your case.
Our human traffic king attorneys accept all personal injury civil cases and wrongful death lawsuits through contingency fee agreements, meaning no upfront fees are paid until our personal injury firm successfully resolves your issue through a negotiated settlement or jury verdict.
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