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Human trafficking refers to the transportation of people with the use of force, coercion, fraud, or any other abuse of power. This crime is generally committed for the purpose of exploitation, such as prostitution, sexual exploitation, forced labor, or enslavement.
If you have been accused of human trafficking in any capacity, seek legal representation right away. These charges are extremely serious and a conviction carries severe penalties – you could be facing several years in prison and extensive fines. Our human trafficking defense attorneys in Memphis can stand by your side and fight to protect your rights and your freedom.
Call the Claiborne Ferguson Law Firm, P.A. at (901) 878-5434 today to request a free consultation.
What Type of Felony Is Human Trafficking?
There are a lot of variables in human trafficking. The age of the victim, the intention of the trafficking, and the length of time a victim was held are just some of the many factors that law enforcement will consider when charging someone.
Human trafficking could be charged as a:
- Class A felony: Penalized by fines up to $50,000 and 15-60 year in prison
- Class B felony: Penalized by up to $250,000 in fines and 8-30 years in prison
- Class C felony: Penalized by fines up to $10,000 and 3-15 years in prison
- Class D felony: Penalized by up to $5,000 in fines and 2-12 years in prison
- Class E felony: Penalized by up to $3,000 in fines and 1-6 years in prison
Sex trafficking is when someone deliberately forces a victim into sexual servitude or when someone transports or obtains persons for sexual servitude. Sex trafficking is considered a Class A felony if the victim is younger than 15 or if the trafficking took place within 1,000 feet of a school, library, public park, or recreational center. It might also be charged as a Class C felony if the perpetrator advertised a minor for commercial sexual abuse.
A person will be charged with labor trafficking if he or she subjects or attempts to subject someone to forced labor by threatening physical or financial harm.
General labor trafficking is considered a Class C felony, but could be charged as a Class B felony if:
- The crime results in death or injury
- There were 10 or more victims
- Any victim is under 15 years old
- The trafficking took place over a year or more
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If you have been accused of human trafficking, seek representation from our experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorneys in Memphis. Regardless of the circumstances of your situation, rest assured that we can make a difference in the outcome of your case.
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