Sex trafficking is a modern day form of slavery that is all too common. Women and children are usually the victims and the State of California is unfortunately a busy hub for both foreign and domestic sex rings. Unsuspecting and naïve immigrants are often lured into sexual prostitution by empty promises of a better life in the United States, only to be held hostage and subjected to sexual and physical abuse.
The federal government and the State of California aggressively pursue those individuals who are caught and accused of sex trafficking in the state. As such, if you or someone you love is arrested and charged with sex trafficking, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced and aggressive Oakland sex crime lawyer.
At the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, our attorney immediately goes to work for you, from the moment you are arrested. We understand the serious nature of these sex charges and fight aggressively to build a solid and formidable defense designed to have the charges against you reduced or even dismissed all together.
Call us immediately at (510) 907-6600.
If you give, transport, or provide another person for the purposes of prostitution, you can be charged with pandering in the State of California. Simply making another person available for prostitution is enough for a prosecutor to prove that you engaged in pandering. However, there are situations when a prosecutor could choose to charge you with human trafficking, instead of pimping or pandering.
According to California law, you could be found guilty of human trafficking if you force another individual into prostitution through threats, force, or other forms of coercion. This can include the abuse of power or deception. If you are convicted of human trafficking, you will be convicted of a felony sex crime and forced to spend lengthy time in a state prison. Human trafficking for the purpose of prostitution is punishable by 16 months to 3 years in California state prison.
If you are charged with sex trafficking, you could be charged on a federal or state level. Federal law defines sex trafficking as "the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age, (22 USC § 7102; 8 CFR § 214.11(a))." Sex trafficking can occur in residential brothels, massage parlors, strip clubs, or through street prostitution.
If you are convicted of federal sex trafficking, it is a felony offense and you face up to 15 years in prison for your crime.
The California Trafficking Victims Protection Act makes sex trafficking a felony offense and punishable by up to 5 years in prison. If you are convicted of sex trafficking a minor, however, the penalties are enhanced up to 8 years in prison.
In addition to length time in prison, sex trafficking convictions also require mandatory sex offender registration. This means that you will have to register as a sex offender for the remainder of your life. Sex offenders often find their job opportunities, housing choices, and freedom limited.
Rarely does an individual face sex trafficking charges alone. The prosecution will usually tack on additional charges that are just as severe, including:
At the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, we fight for clients who have been accused of sex crimes in the East Bay, including human sex trafficking and similar offenses. Let our Oakland sex crime attorney review your case and provide the counsel and guidance you need to navigate this trying time. Call (510) 907-6600 for reliable representation.