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Los Angeles Human Trafficking Lawyers

One of the most serious criminal offenses in California and the United States, in general, is human trafficking. Under California’s Penal Code 236.1 PC, human trafficking is a crime that involves depriving a person of their own personal liberty while intending to force them into certain acts. It’s important to understand what this crime entails if you find yourself arrested and charged with it.

What is Human Trafficking?

Per the California Penal Code 236.1 PC, human trafficking is a crime that involves deliberately holding a person against their free will for the intent of forcing them into performing certain services or labor. If a person is deprived of their liberties, it violates various laws in California. Human trafficking often involves forcing a person into sexual activity such as prostitution or child pornography and includes extortion and blackmail in some cases.

It’s important to understand a clear example of human trafficking and how it violates the law in California. For example, if a pimp has multiple underage girls working for him as prostitutes, takes their money and threatens to kill their families if they try to leave, this is considered human trafficking.

Another example involves the owner of a factory bringing in illegal immigrants from another country and forcing them to work for them in spite of not paying them salaries.

If a wealthy family has a domestic servant from another country and forces them to work while not allowing them to leave their home and confiscating their passport, it’s also considered human trafficking.

All three of these examples can result in serious charges being brought against the perpetrators. Human trafficking is a very serious crime and should never be taken lightly. As a result, if you find yourself facing such charges, you must immediately consult with and hire a human trafficking lawyer.

What are the Possible Defenses to Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is an extremely serious crime if the defendant is actually guilty of it. Although it’s among the worst offenses on the state and federal levels, many people who have been accused of it may have actually done nothing wrong or may have committed another offense that isn’t as serious as human trafficking.

No matter what your situation, if you have been arrested and charged with human trafficking, it is imperative that you get in contact with an experienced human trafficking lawyer as soon as possible. It’s your best chance at ensuring that you have your rights protected and a strong defense created for your case. Your criminal defense attorney can use one of the following defenses in your case:

• Your attorney can argue that you were falsely accused
• Your attorney can raise the defense that you did not actually deprive the purported victim of their personal liberties and that they were always free to leave at any time
• Your attorney can argue that you made a mistake of fact that renders you not guilty of human trafficking

What are the Penalties for Human Trafficking?

In California, there are strict laws that were passed in 2012. Proposition 35, Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act, ensures that individuals who are charged and subsequently convicted of human trafficking face severe penalties. The crime is classified as a felony whether the individual is charged with trafficking to force labor or services or trafficking to commit a sexual crime with or without a minor.

For a conviction involving human trafficking to force labor or services, the following penalties may be handed down:

• Five, eight or 12 years of incarceration in California state prison
• A fine ranging up to a maximum of $500,000

For a conviction involving human trafficking to commit a crime involving sex, extortion or child pornography, you can face the following penalties:

• Eight, 14 or 20 years of incarceration in California state prison
• A fine ranging up to a maximum of $500,000
• Being required to register as a sex offender

For a conviction involving a commercial sex act, you can receive the following penalties:

• Five to 12 years in prison or 15 years to life if the jury finds that you used fear, violence, force or the threat of injury against the victim
• A fine of $500,000
• Being required to register as a sex offender

Regardless of the specific circumstances surrounding the case, if you have been arrested on human trafficking charges in Los Angeles or California as a whole, you need the expertise of a seasoned human trafficking lawyer. You will be in good hands with someone who knows how to defend you to the best of their ability. Consult with an attorney at your earliest convenience.


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