Unbeknownst to many people, human trafficking has become one of the world's fastest growing criminal industries. By definition, human trafficking involves the recruitment, transport and transfer or receipt of a person by using force, threats or other coercion tactics for the purpose of exploiting them. Often times kidnapping, extortion or other abduction techniques are employed in order to acquire people for slave labor or sexual exploitation purposes.
The actual transportation of an individual is not required for an act to be considered as human trafficking. The main focus is on the exploitation of individuals, most commonly women and children, for sex or labor purposes. Obviously some form of coercion would be involved as well in order to prevent victims from leaving.
Due to the seriousness of this particular crime, if you or a loved one are being investigated or have been charged with human trafficking, you must seek counsel from a competent Tampa federal criminal lawyer immediately. Many times other charges are filed in conjunction with human trafficking charges, so you need an attorney who is experienced with all federal crimes, not just those involving the act of human trafficking.
Anyone facing federal charges of human trafficking must take steps to ensure their rights are fully protected. Being convicted of such a crime carries the penalty of years in federal prison. Add any additional charges and a person could be looking at a life sentence or the death penalty. Regardless of the circumstances or apparent evidence, you have rights.
By securing legal representation from our firm, our skilled Tampa defense attorneys will be able to answer your questions, review the facts and evidence of your case and advise you of your legal options. We have over four decades of combined experience and our attorneys understand what it takes to prepare a strong defense and give each of our clients the best representation possible.
Contact a Tampa human trafficking defense attorney at Taracks & Associates today to schedule your confidential consultation.