Human trafficking is both a legal and social issue that has garnered increased attention over the last several years. It is a worldwide issue that constantly evolves with new legal challenges and law enforcement strategies. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lists human trafficking as the third-largest international crime.
Human trafficking is a very specific legal terminology that refers to the trade of human beings for exploitation. This is the basic definition, however, there are several components and variables when it comes to each case. For example, the way victims are brought into the world of trafficking can vary significantly. Victims may be manipulated through coercion, misrepresentation, or fraud. Others may be victimized by force. Regardless of the nature of the initial victimization, any case in which a person is traded for reasons of exploitation would fall under human trafficking laws.
Individual cases can also vary in the type and extent of exploitation. Trafficking cases may involve forced marriages or slavery that may or may not be sexual in nature. The specifics could have an impact on charges and sentences, but it is important to understand that these are serious crimes and hold severe penalties. Federal law takes a strong stance on human trafficking and many states have taken action. Anyone engaged in human trafficking risks lengthy prison sentences and significant fines, as well as lifelong social stigma.
What are the Different Types of Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking takes on many forms. Generally, it can be broken into labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Labor trafficking has become more of a concern in recent years with cases on the rise. Forced labor is an ethical and legal concern that often ties into issues of illegal immigration. Undocumented immigrants may lack resources, making it easier to be manipulated. It is worth mentioning that housing or transporting undocumented immigrants could incur trafficking charges, regardless if actual labor was conducted.
Sex trafficking is a more specific sex crime that refers to trafficking people for the purpose of sexual exploitation. This may involve adults, minors, males, and females, and any form of sex trafficking is taken seriously in the United States and most parts of the world. The world of international sex trafficking is vast but also secretive in attempts to avoid law enforcement.
Building a Strong Defense is Important
A defendant facing human trafficking charges must develop a solid understanding of how the law applies to their case. Evidence that the accused was involved in the transportation, abduction, or removal of an individual against their will could lead to human trafficking charges. To defend against these allegations, a defendant will need a lawyer who is knowledgeable about criminal law and a strong collection of evidence to challenge the legitimacy of the criminal charges.
Cherry Hill Sex Crimes Lawyers at Agre & St. John Help Clients Falsely Accused of Sex Crimes
Our Cherry Hill sex crimes lawyers at Agre & St. John provide legal guidance to clients facing serious criminal charges. We can help you if you are charged with a sex crime. Contact us online today or call us at 856-428-7797 for an initial consultation. Located in Haddonfield, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Salem County.