According to the United States Department of Justice, human trafficking is a crime that involves compelling or coercing a person to provide labor or services, or to engage in commercial sex acts.
The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act was created to combat human trafficking into the sex trade, slavery, or involuntary servitude. 18 U.S. Code §1591 governs the laws and criminal punishment of those who traffic children by force or coercion.
Victims of human sex trafficking may file a claim against the company they allege may have allowed them to be trafficked on the premises. If a company or corporation turns a blind eye to the trafficking or forced prostitution for profits, they may be held liable for contribution.
Some common industries that are targeted by human trafficking are hotels and motels, massage parlors, childcare services, caregivers, and agricultural services.
Victims of sex trafficking may also be victims of labor trafficking. Victims of labor trafficking who are forced to work against their will have many different forms of injuries. These include physical, emotional, and psychological traumas, such as PTSD and Stockholm’s syndrome. Often, victims are forced to work without pay or were not paid the full amount owed to them for the work they did.
If you or a loved one have been a victim of human trafficking, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call the Michael Brady Lynch Firm at 888-585-5970 to discuss your rights with an attorney under complete confidentiality.