What is Human Trafficking?
The term “human trafficking” immediately makes you think of young girls being chained up in a basement and forced to sell themselves for money for their captor. However, the term is much broader than that. It can include things such as driving prostitutes around from job to job, renting hotel rooms, and even letting someone who is involved in commercial sex use your cellphone.
In order to be charged with federal human trafficking, the Government only has to show that you have harbored, maintained, or otherwise provided assistance for a commercial sex act and that you benefitted financially from it. The law on human trafficking is very vague, giving the Government significant leeway in deciding what activity they treat as criminal.
Human trafficking is a federal crime with serious consequences, including a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison. At The Turner Firm, we have fought human trafficking charges all the way through trial. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you.