Human Sex Trafficking
Human trafficking – modern-day slavery – is a dark side of our society, and it’s happening right now in Louisiana and throughout the United States.
Precise statistics are difficult to determine, but estimates suggest that 18,000 to 20,000 people fall victim to trafficking in our country each year, more than half of whom are believed to be children.
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What Is Human Trafficking
Under both federal law and international conventions, the definition of human trafficking focuses on three elements.
- The act of human trafficking involves recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring, or receiving a person;
- By means of threats or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power, or payments or benefits given to a person in control of the victim; and
- For the purpose of exploitation, including prostitution, commercial sex acts, forced labor, slavery, or organ removal.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, cases of trafficking have surfaced in several industries and venues, including:
- Agriculture and farming
- Brothels and prostitution rings
- Escort services
- Hotels, motels, and casinos
- Truck stops
- Bars and restaurants
- Strip clubs
- Caregiving and child-care
- Domestic work
- Janitorial services
- Drug smuggling
- Massage parlors
- Beauty salons
Hundreds of thousands of trafficking victims are believed to work in these and other parts of our nation’s economy, even though the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits slavery and indentured servitude.
Help for Sex Trafficking Victims
If you have been a victim of human trafficking or suspect that human trafficking is happening in your community, the first step is to seek assistance immediately from agencies who can help:
- The Polaris Project’s National Human Trafficking Hotline(888-373-7888) ensures calls are completely confidential, and professionals are available 24 hours a day.
- The Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force offers many resources to survivors for crisis response, housing, and social services.
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Consult a Lawyer Regarding Compensation for Sex Trafficking Survivors
Individuals and businesses that profit from human exploitation – particularly sexual exploitation – should be prosecuted for their crimes. But survivors may also pursue civil claims against their captors and traffickers, as well as or other businesses that turn a blind eye to human trafficking rather than report it to local, state, or federal authorities. Assisted by experienced lawyers, survivors can seek compensation for their pain, suffering, lost income, medical expenses, and other damages.
The Lamothe Law Firm has successfully represented survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and exploitation, recovering compensation for them and their families and helping them move on with their lives. We vigorously pursue justice but also show the utmost compassion and sensitivity to our clients and the ordeals they have survived.
If your life has been forever changed by human sex trafficking, contact us today for a free consultation and to learn how we will fight for you.
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We have over 100 years of combined experience.
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