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Human trafficking plagues communities across the country. Florida’s extensive coastline and close proximity to Latin America makes the state an attractive hub for traffickers. Miami-Dade County tops the list of Florida counties that report the highest volume of human trafficking cases. The criminal organizations that operate human trafficking rings work with numerous individuals and businesses to conceal their illegal activity. If you believe you or a loved one may be involved with someone who engages in this type of federal crime, consult with a experienced Miami human trafficking defense attorney like Joffe Law, P.A. immediately.

Forms of human trafficking in Miami

There are two main types of human trafficking: labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Labor traffickers force people to work against their will without pay. Sex traffickers force victims to do commercial sex work. In most cases, trafficking occurs across state lines. Human traffickers also commonly operate schemes in other countries and bring the victims across international borders. Because traffickers typically conduct their activities in multiple states and outside of the U.S., human trafficking is most often a federal crime.

Traffickers typically use fraud, manipulation, kidnapping, and other forms of violence to coerce their victims and control all of the victim’s activities. Labor and human trafficking cases have several elements in common.

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Recruitment

The strategy trafficking rings use to recruit victims varies based on the nature of the trafficking scheme. Common tactics for labor trafficking organizations target immigrant communities and people who live overseas. Labor trafficking organizations often have members in other countries to attract victims by advertising what appears to be a legitimate job opportunity. The fraudulent job recruiter usually convinces potential victims that they will receive a valid work visa that will allow them to live and work in the United States. Eager to pursue a better opportunity in a new country, victims sign illegal contracts that typically contain exploitative terms.

Although sex trafficking can also begin as a fraudulent offer made to people who are looking for a legitimate work opportunity in another country, traffickers often take a different approach. In many domestic sex trafficking cases, traffickers lure potential victims under the guise of wanting to form a social or seemingly professional relationship. Victims are targeted through social media by traffickers who claim to have a romantic interest. In other cases, the trafficker may pretend to be a manager in the entertainment industry or recruiter for a modeling agency. Human trafficking operatives also target adult entertainment venues where they often force their current victims to work. Sex traffickers often use drugs and violence to detain their victims and discourage them from leaving.

Transportation

In labor trafficking cases, the traffickers arrange transportation to bring the victims to the new location. Operatives in the destination country meet the victims and transfer them to a place where they will secretly reside when they are not being forced to work. The traffickers usually confiscate the victims’ government identification. Because the victims are away from home in an unknown place with no documentation, they are afraid to report the crime to law enforcement.

Victims of sex trafficking in the U.S. are also commonly transported between states and sometimes across international lines. In these instances, it is common for the trafficker to confiscate the victim’s government-issued identification. If the victim is underage, traffickers often obtain a fake ID to allow them to appear less suspicious when transporting the victim.

Miami human trafficking operations

A variety of individuals and businesses work with human trafficking rings to house and transport victims while concealing the criminal activity. Some businesses also employ trafficking victims while turning a blind eye to the crime. These individuals and businesses include:

  • drivers
  • transportation businesses
  • hotels and motels
  • money services businesses
  • nail salons
  • massage parlors
  • restaurants
  • bars
  • adult entertainment clubs

Human trafficking charges in Miami

Law enforcement agencies investigate human trafficking by conducting sting operations and surveillance. When the investigating agency receives enough evidence to make an arrest, the agency may conduct raids on businesses they suspect may be involved with trafficking humans. During a raid, individuals who are present at the time may be arrested even if they are unaware that trafficking was taking place. Individuals who are arrested while working for an organization that supports human trafficking should contact a Miami human trafficking defense lawyer.

Human trafficking investigations

In some cases, law enforcement may interview people they suspect may have a connection with human trafficking. These individuals may not be formally arrested and charged at any point. Nevertheless, the mere suspicion of being involved with a very serious offense like trafficking can impact an individual’s reputation.

When it comes to criminal investigations, it’s never too early to consult a defense attorney. Having an attorney present can help you protect your reputation and avoid incriminating yourself. Law enforcement agencies may occasionally violate a person’s constitutional rights by misleading the individual or using coercive tactics to obtain information. Contact a Miami criminal defense lawyer prior to speaking with law enforcement. If you are detained by police, the constitution requires a law enforcement officer to inform you of your right to remain silent and your right to consult an attorney before having a conversation with the police.

Potent defense to fight your federal charges

Human trafficking organizations often operate in plain sight. Therefore, it is relatively easy to unknowingly be in close proximity to people who support trafficking rings. Our knowledgeable Florida criminal defense attorney has an extensive track record in handling tough cases. We understand the complexities of the state and federal court systems. If you are facing a human trafficking charge, you need an experienced Miami federal defense attorney on your side.

Whether you have been charged with a human trafficking-related offense or if you are under investigation, call our dedicated team. We work diligently to protect the rights of people who have been accused of a crime. Contact us today to receive a case evaluation.

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