Human Trafficking Laws in Florida: Trafficking Attorneys
Human Trafficking Laws- The Basics:
Fine Line between Human Trafficking Laws and Being a “Pimp”: The law is strange. Human trafficking carries extreme penalties, often involving penalties up to life in prison. The government views this type of trafficking as tantamount to slavery. The idea of a vulnerable teenager being taken into a life of drug addiction and prostitution is heart wrenching. Although just as sad, a woman who is addicted to hardcore drugs, and utilizes a pimp to run her business will be viewed in an entirely different light. It’s often difficult to truly distinguish between these two scenarios, yet in one, the pimp is a trafficker, and in the other the pimp is merely a small-time peddler of flesh (at least in the eyes of the law). One is at risk for small consequences where the others entire life is on the line.
Hire an experienced lawyer: Making the important distinctions in human trafficking cases is crucial. Make sure your lawyer has the type of experience needed to navigate you through the system.
Be prepared to fight: These cases often involve intensive litigation, and can take months to resolve. An experienced lawyer will help you navigate the system more smoothly and efficiently as you fight for your freedom. Your time is important
Here is a Copy of the Human Trafficking Statute:
Here is a sample of some of the human trafficking laws in Florida. This is not a complete copy of the human trafficking laws. Please give us a call if you have any questions or would like to know where to find the complete copy of the statutes on human trafficking laws.
787.06 Human trafficking.—(1)(a) The Legislature finds that human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Victims of human trafficking are young children, teenagers, and adults. Thousands of victims are trafficked annually across international borders worldwide. Many of these victims are trafficked into this state. Victims of human trafficking also include citizens of the United States and those persons trafficked domestically within the borders of the United States. The Legislature finds that victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor.(b) The Legislature finds that while many victims of human trafficking are forced to work in prostitution or the sexual entertainment industry, trafficking also occurs in forms of labor exploitation, such as domestic servitude, restaurant work, janitorial work, sweatshop factory work, and migrant agricultural work.(c) The Legislature finds that traffickers use various techniques to instill fear in victims and to keep them enslaved. Some traffickers keep their victims under lock and key. However, the most frequently used practices are less obvious techniques that include isolating victims from the public and family members; confiscating passports, visas, or other identification documents; using or threatening to use violence toward victims or their families; telling victims that they will be imprisoned or deported for immigration violations if they contact authorities; and controlling the victims’ funds by holding the money ostensibly for safekeeping.(d) It is the intent of the Legislature that the perpetrators of human trafficking be penalized for their illegal conduct and that the victims of trafficking be protected and assisted by this state and its agencies. In furtherance of this policy, it is the intent of the Legislature that the state Supreme Court, The Florida Bar, and relevant state agencies prepare and implement training programs in order that judges, attorneys, law enforcement personnel, investigators, and others are able to identify traffickers and victims of human trafficking and direct victims to appropriate agencies for assistance. It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Children and Families and other state agencies cooperate with other state and federal agencies to ensure that victims of human trafficking can access social services and benefits to alleviate their plight.
(2) As used in this section, the term:
(a) “Coercion” means:1. Using or threatening to use physical force against any person;2. Restraining, isolating, or confining or threatening to restrain, isolate, or confine any person without lawful authority and against her or his will;3. Using lending or other credit methods to establish a debt by any person when labor or services are pledged as a security for the debt, if the value of the labor or services as reasonably assessed is not applied toward the liquidation of the debt, the length and nature of the labor or services are not respectively limited and defined;4. Destroying, concealing, removing, confiscating, withholding, or possessing any actual or purported passport, visa, or other immigration document, or any other actual or purported government identification document, of any person;5. Causing or threatening to cause financial harm to any person;6. Enticing or luring any person by fraud or deceit; or7. Providing a controlled substance as outlined in Schedule I or Schedule II of s. 893.03 to any person for the purpose of exploitation of that person.(b) “Commercial sexual activity” means any violation of chapter 796 or an attempt to commit any such offense, and includes sexually explicit performances and the production of pornography.(c) “Financial harm” includes extortionate extension of credit, loan sharking as defined in s. 687.071, or employment contracts that violate the statute of frauds as provided in s. 725.01.(d) “Human trafficking” means transporting, soliciting, recruiting, harboring, providing, enticing, maintaining, or obtaining another person for the purpose of exploitation of that person.(e) “Labor” means work of economic or financial value.(f) “Maintain” means, in relation to labor or services, to secure or make possible continued performance thereof, regardless of any initial agreement on the part of the victim to perform such type service.(g) “Obtain” means, in relation to labor or services, to secure performance thereof.(h) “Services” means any act committed at the behest of, under the supervision of, or for the benefit of another. The term includes, but is not limited to, forced marriage, servitude, or the removal of organs.(i) “Sexually explicit performance” means an act or show, whether public or private, that is live, photographed, recorded, or videotaped and intended to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires or appeal to the prurient interest.(j) “Unauthorized alien” means an alien who is not authorized under federal law to be employed in the United States, as provided in 8 U.S.C. s. 1324a(h)(3). The term shall be interpreted consistently with that section and any applicable federal rules or regulations.(k) “Venture” means any group of two or more individuals associated in fact, whether or not a legal entity.(3) Any person who knowingly, or in reckless disregard of the facts, engages in human trafficking, or attempts to engage in human trafficking, or benefits financially by receiving anything of value from participation in a venture that has subjected a person to human trafficking: