Human trafficking is a serious crime. Only the arms trade and drug trafficking are more extensive and rapidly expanding illicit industries. Regardless of age, race, nationality, or gender, human trafficking entails the manipulation and exploitation of individuals for the sake of forced labor, commercial sex, servitude, the selling of human parts, or other financial gain. This crime takes place in every state across the country, including Louisiana. Human Trafficking Defense Attorney
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What You Should Know About Human Trafficking in Louisiana
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is compelled or forced labor that is occurring right now in all 50 states, including Louisiana. The National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH) collaborates closely with service providers, law enforcement, and other experts in Louisiana to assist trafficking victims and survivors, respond to cases, and exchange knowledge and resources.
● What are the Types of Human Trafficking?
There are many different types of human trafficking including:
● Sex Trafficking
In Louisiana, sex trafficking can take many forms, including domestic trafficking, gang trafficking, child sex act exchanges for valuables (survival trafficking), and selling children for valuables. Threats, force, violence, deception, or compulsion are all used in sex trafficking to sell sex. It entails escort services, pornography, brothels, beauty parlors, strip clubs, and illegal massage parlors.
● Labor Trafficking
Labor trafficking employs deception, compulsion, force, violence, or other tactics intended to force an individual to perform household labor, agricultural labor, restaurant work, carnival work, construction work, childcare work, and cleaning work. Many individuals compelled to labor in these sectors are undocumented immigrants who lack passports and get meager wages.
● Domestic Servitude
When a victim of human trafficking is compelled to work in a person’s home, this is referred to as domestic servitude. Such conditions lead to vulnerabilities. Domestic employees may work alone in a home and are frequently alone. Their employer often dictates their access to food, transportation, and shelter.
There are obstacles to victim identification because what occurs in a private home is hidden from the public, particularly from law police and labor inspectors. In addition, foreign domestic employees are particularly susceptible to abuse due to linguistic and cultural problems, a lack of ties to society, and other factors. Some criminals exploit these circumstances as part of their coercive plans to force domestic employees to work in intolerable conditions without being discovered.
● What are the Penalties for Human Trafficking Crime(s) in Louisiana?
A person found guilty of human trafficking faces severe repercussions, including a fine of $10,000 and a term of imprisonment of up to ten years. Furthermore, if there is evidence of criminal or commercial sexual activity involved in the trafficking, a fine of up to $15,000 may be imposed and term of imprisonment of up to twenty years; in addition, if the victim of trafficking is under the age of 18, upon conviction, the offender may be subject to a fine of up to $25,000 and a prison sentence of five to 25 years.
It is important to take allegations of human trafficking seriously. A strong defense should be pursued because a conviction can have serious and long-term repercussions. A person accused of human trafficking should immediately schedule a criminal defense strategy session with an experienced criminal defense attorney in his office to discreetly and confidentially discuss the facts of the case, the options available, and develop a defense strategy that maximizes the chances of success.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Most Commonly Identified Type of Trafficking?
Sex trafficking. It may entail the trafficker taking advantage of victims who are minors, uneducated, unsophisticated, undocumented, illiterate, or who do not speak the language by relocating them from one city, state, or country to another city, state, or country under false pretenses, such as the promise of a better job, or better life, only to then seek to profit by forcing them into sex work.
Who are the Human Trafficking Perpetrators and Victims?
Immigrants, runaways, kids, kids in foster care or unstable homes, mentally ill, and mentally delayed people. In criminal court, human trafficking is much more prevalent for sexual objectives. Sex trafficking and child labor are also quite prevalent.
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