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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.


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Human trafficking usually involves moving people across state lines or international borders to enslave them. Human trafficking 18 U.S.C. § 1581 is a federal crime with severe legal repercussions.

Sex trafficking 22 U.S.C. 7102 is even more serious. Prosecutors and federal law enforcement personnel alike will tirelessly investigate sex trafficking rackets and aggressively pursue convictions against sex traffickers.

The Mann Act, passed by Congress in 1910, made it a federal crime to transport individuals across state lines or to coerce them to cross state lines for purposes of prostitution. Prosecutors use the Mann Act to penalize individuals who participate in sex trafficking. This federal law carries extremely stiff penalties.

What’s Involved in a Human Trafficking Case?

A typical human trafficking scheme involves recruiting people from other countries to travel to the U.S. in order to gain employment. The traffickers help their victims to cross the border and to avoid immigration agents.

Upon arrival in the U.S., the victims are provided with employment and told they must work to repay the traffickers for the money that was spent on bringing the victims into the country. However, the wages they receive are much too low to cover even a fraction of the so-called debt.

In a sex trafficking case, the victims are then threatened, coerced or forced to work as prostitutes to earn the money to repay the traffickers. The victims are usually underage girls who are made to work in brothels where the traffickers can control everything they do.

Which Laws Govern Human and Sex Trafficking Offenses?

In 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) was passed. This federal statute was created to protect human trafficking victims. It makes human trafficking a criminal act that prosecutors can charge under the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

The TVPA allows a judge to order human trafficking defendants to make restitution to their victims. It also gives victims the right to pursue civil charges against the traffickers.

18 U.S.C. 1581 forbids human trafficking and related crimes. It sets forth bleak penalties for anyone convicted of forcing others to perform labor, selling people into slavery or participating in sex trafficking activities that involve children. Harsh penalties for these crimes can include a life sentence in a federal prison.

18 U.S.C. 1583 sets forth legal penalties including up to 20 years in a federal prison for defendants convicted of kidnapping another person for purposes of slavery.

18 U.S.C. 1584 lays out penalties of up to 20 years in prison for holding someone captive against their will or for selling them into involuntary servitude.

If the conviction includes charges of serious bodily injury or death, or the crime involved sexual abuse or kidnapping, the consequences might include spending the rest of your life in a federal penitentiary.

22 U.S.C. 7102 prohibits sex trafficking that involves commercial sex acts committed by way of fraud, force or coercion. It also forbids recruiting, harboring, transporting or obtaining individuals for services or labor or subjecting them to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage and slavery.

Sex Trafficking Penalties

Punitive measures against those convicted of federal sex trafficking crimes will depend on the elements of the case. These elements include how long and how often the defendant participated in sex trafficking operations.

Even indirect participation is punishable by seven years in federal prison. Direct participation can result in a federal prison term of up to 20 years.

If a sex trafficking offense includes sexually assaulting a victim or forcing a victim to participate in sex-related activities without their consent, a life sentence in federal prison is likely to be the outcome.

Sex Trafficking Defense

Human trafficking and sex trafficking are two examples of contemporary slavery. These crimes are considered the most severe sex-related offenses in the federal criminal justice system.

Simply an allegation of child sex trafficking can prejudice a jury. Nevertheless, the prosecution must still prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

An experienced federal human trafficking attorney may be able to identify vulnerabilities in the case that can be used to sway the jury. If reasonable doubt can be established, you’ll have a vastly better shot at avoiding conviction.

There are a number of legal options to challenge an accusation of 18 U.S.C. 1581 human trafficking or 22 U.S.C. 7102 sex trafficking charges. One possibility is to bargain with the federal prosecutor for a less serious charge.

Alternatively, your lawyer may be able to show that the evidence presented by the prosecutor is insufficient to convict you and thereby get the case dismissed.

Depending on the specifics of a case, an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer may be able to strike a successful plea bargain with the prosecutor. Human and sex trafficking charges can be challenged by a variety of defenses. The specifics of the case will dictate the strategy.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

~ David Bruce

Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

~ Rowlin Garcia

Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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