Sex crimes: Criminal defense for sex trafficking
Human trafficking, otherwise described as the transportation of a coerced person across or within international borders, is considered one of many different types of sex crimes and is essentially referred to as modern day slavery. Sex trafficking entails recruiting and/or holding people against their will for the purposes of prostitution. These "sex slaves" are then forced to perform sex acts without being paid for it. A sex trafficking crimes involve the "recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of another person for the purpose of a commercial sex acts," according United State Code 22.7102. Because of the nature of sex trafficking and the fact that it is a federal crime, the penalties for sex trafficking are harsh. Sex trafficking is rarely only a single charge, but generally is coupled with other offenses like drug trafficking and child sex crimes. Someone who is accused of sex trafficking will be charged with a felony and may spend anywhere from ten to ninety-nine years in prison, pay fines of more than ten thousand dollars, and be required to register on the sex offender list. One story out of Central PA highlights penalties associated with sex trafficking and child sex crimes. A man was recently sentenced in federal court to ten years in prison following a conviction that he conspired to commit sex trafficking of a person under the age of eighteen. The man befriended a 15-year-old girl on the internet and began picking her up from her home and school, driving her places and buying her things. He took her to his home and supplied her with marijuana. The girl asked the man to take her home, but he refused. He took he mobile phone, taught her how to see herself, took pictures of her, solicited her services online, and kept all of the money the victim made from her meet-ups with various men. In addition to his prison sentence, the man will serve five years of supervised release and will have to register as a sex offender. Human trafficking isn’t something new, but it is something that police forces across the country are cracking down on. Over the years and with the dawn of the internet and social media services, it has become a very lucrative business. The government commits significant resources to investigating and prosecuting those found guilty of human trafficking. If you have questions about sex trafficking laws or feel you may have been wrongfully arrested for sex trafficking, call Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Gary Gerson for a free consultation at 412-219-6875.