Human trafficking is a major problem in the United States. Those convicted of human trafficking in the country can face stringent criminal penalties. However, many people do not know that you can recover compensation from establishments that looked the other way as trafficking happened and thus facilitated the crime.
These businesses include motels, hotels, and casinos, among others. If you or someone you know was a victim of human trafficking, you can bring a case against such businesses that may have encouraged and profited from your trafficking. A Boston human trafficking lawyer with Dolman Law Group can help you file a civil case against liable parties.
Types of Human Trafficking
There are many different forms of human trafficking. In general, it involves forcing or coercing people to provide labor or other services. Victims of forced labor work jobs that require a lot of labor hours. The traffickers may use the promise of better job opportunities to lure victims in. Some sectors where victims of forced labor may work include construction, agriculture, and mining.
Traffickers may also have their victims carry out criminal acts, like forcing victims to grow drugs on their behalf. It allows traffickers to reap the profits without the risk or cost.
Human sex trafficking is another form. It is perhaps the most widely known type of trafficking. Women and children are the most affected groups under this form of human trafficking. If you suffered any of these or another type of human trafficking, we can represent your case to hold enablers accountable.
How Businesses Can Participate in Human Trafficking
Businesses such as motels, casinos, and hotels are prime spots for human trafficking. Those who run these businesses must safeguard the people who use their facilities. To achieve this, establishments must equip their employees with skills to help them identify signs of human trafficking. These signs include:
- Showing signs of physical assault
- Fear and submissiveness
- Someone else talking on behalf of the victim
- Responses that seem rehearsed
If a business fails to conduct such training, it may show that they were negligent. Other times, the business owner may know that human trafficking occurs on their premises. Instead of reporting it to law enforcement, they turn a blind eye. A motivator for such behavior is if they get part of the profits generated from human trafficking.
Sex trafficking can occur at truck stops because these locations provide the isolation that traffickers want. A human trafficking lawyer at Dolman Law Group can investigate your case and hold such businesses liable.
We Know the Laws Surrounding Human Trafficking
To curb human trafficking and deter others from doing the same, America has numerous laws against human trafficking. Your case may be different from the next, meaning different sections of the law may be more applicable than others. A Boston human trafficking lawyer on our team can examine your case and tell you which laws apply to it.
For example, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act applies to those that pay for sex from human trafficking victims. The Act outlines that those found doing so can get apprehended, charged, and convicted as sex trafficking perpetrators. However, it all depends on the facts of the case.
It allowed for the creation of a fund to help victims of human trafficking. Under this fund, money gotten from apprehended human traffickers can go towards helping trafficking victims. These laws may be complicated to understand on your own, but our lawyers can explain the relevant laws to you and use them to advocate for your rights.
Recovering Damages in Your Boston Human Trafficking Case
The civil justice system gives provisions to allow you to hold accountable those who made you a sex trafficking victim. These at-fault parties may include individuals, the property owner that worked with the traffickers, customers, and sites that facilitated trafficking. However, there may be barriers to holding these perpetrators accountable.
For instance, due to the secrecy surrounding trafficking operations, the victim may not know which establishments facilitated the crimes. This presents a challenge in identifying which parties to file the claim against. The internet also has hurdles. For one, it is difficult to identify a trafficker hiding behind a fake online account used to lure victims.
Despite all these hurdles, your lawyer can use their resources to locate and identify the perpetrators. Then, filing a civil suit may be the best way to recover compensation for human trafficking. A suit allows you to recover damages for your medical bills and pain and suffering and emotional anguish. It can also cover the cost of seeking psychological help through therapy for the traumatic ordeal. A lawyer with our firm can advocate for you to recover relevant damages.
Why Entrust Your Human Trafficking Case to the Dolman Law Group
Coming out and talking about your human trafficking experience to our Boston personal injury lawyers is brave. You may want to talk to attorneys with whom you feel safe sharing your story. We hope to create a space that ensures you can talk to us freely about the case. The details can help a Boston human trafficking lawyer at our firm build a strong case that helps in recovering compensation.
We work on a contingency fee basis. The lawyer gets paid after they settle or win your case. They can answer all your questions on the mode of payment of legal fees.
Reach Out to Dolman Law Group for Help With Your Human Trafficking Case
You may want to see justice served against those that facilitated or profited from your trafficking. We commend the courage it takes to pursue justice against the perpetrators. We can help you hold these offenders accountable and recover damages. Hire a Boston human trafficking lawyer at Dolman Law Group today. Call us today for a free consultation.
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