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The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 was the first comprehensive federal law to address trafficking in persons, and it was reauthorized through the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2013. New York State has its own human trafficking law that involves two types of trafficking crimes: sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
Sex trafficking does necessarily involve any "smuggling" of victims across state lines or any transportation at all, as a person commits this offense if he or she intentionally advances or profits from prostitution by any one of a number of prohibited means. Sex trafficking crimes can result in state or federal charges, both of which carry very steep penalties that may include lengthy prison sentences and significant fines.
Lawyer for Sex Trafficking Arrests in Queens, NY
Do you think that you might be under investigation or were you already arrested for an alleged sex trafficking crime anywhere in New York City? Make sure to exercise your right to remain silent until you can contact Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner.
Rochelle S. Berliner is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Queens who aggressively defends clients accused of sex crimes in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and many surrounding areas of New York City. Call 718-261-5600 to have our lawyer provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation.
Overview of Sex Trafficking Crimes in New York
Under New York Penal Law § 230.34, a person commits the criminal offense of sex trafficking if he or she intentionally advances or profits from prostitution by:
Sex trafficking is a class B felony in New York. As a Class B non-violent felony, a conviction is punishable by a sentence of up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 as well as a possible requirement to register as a sex offender.
Under 22 U.S. Code § 7102(10), the term sex trafficking is defined as "the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act." A commercial sex act is defined as any sex act, on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person.
The federal crime of sex trafficking of children or by force, fraud, or coercion is established under 18 U.S. Code § 1591. A person commits a federal sex trafficking offense if he or she knowingly:
(1) in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, recruits, entices, harbors, transports, provides, obtains, advertises, maintains, patronizes, or solicits by any means a person; or
(2) benefits, financially or by receiving anything of value, from participation in a venture which has engaged in an act described in violation of paragraph (1), knowing, or, except where the act constituting the violation of paragraph (1) is advertising, in reckless disregard of the fact, that means of force, threats of force, fraud, coercion, or any combination of such means will be used to cause the person to engage in a commercial sex act, or that the person has not attained the age of 18 years and will be caused to engage in a commercial sex act.
As used in this statute, coercion is defined as threats of serious harm to or physical restraint against any person; any scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause a person to believe that failure to perform an act would result in serious harm to or physical restraint against any person; or the abuse or threatened abuse of law or the legal process.
Abuse or threatened abuse of law or the legal process is defined as "the use or threatened use of a law or legal process, whether administrative, civil, or criminal, in any manner or for any purpose for which the law was not designed, in order to exert pressure on another person to cause that person to take some action or refrain from taking some action."
Violations of 18 U.S. Code § 1591 are punishable as follows:
New York | National Human Trafficking Hotline (e — The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. Visit this section of its website for information about trafficking statistics in New York. You can also find state reports and information about upcoming events.
Let's End Human Trafficking | NYC.gov — New York City's Let's Call and End to Human Trafficking community awareness campaign "helps bring human trafficking out of the shadows to raise awareness among New Yorkers about this heinous form of exploitation." On this website, you can find ways for individuals, communities, and professionals to help. You can also download the Human Trafficking Services Resource Directory, a referral guide prepared by the Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator.
Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner | Queens Sex Trafficking Defense Attorney
If you were arrested or believe that you could be under investigation for sex trafficking in New York City, it is in your best interest to not say anything to authorities until you have legal counsel. Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner represents individuals in communities all over Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, and Queens County.
Queens criminal defense lawyer Rochelle S. Berliner can fight to possibly get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. She can review your case and answer all of your legal questions when you call 718-261-5600 or complete an online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.