What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is happening in the State of North Carolina right now. It is slavery, it is a serious crime and violates human rights. As lawyers for victims of human trafficking, we know that this crime affects women, men, and children, some of them born in our country and some not. Human trafficking occurs when perpetrators kidnap, abduct, or recruit individuals and force them into prostitution or forced labor and prevent them from leaving.
Who is Legally Responsible?
People who engage in human trafficking could not get away with it if they didn’t have customers for their prostitutes or for the services provided by their slave laborers. Often companies and businesses know they are being provided slave laborers through subcontractors but they turn a blind eye. In the case of sexual exploitation, often landlords and hotel operators have plenty of evidence that their properties are being used to conduct an illegal business, but they ignore it because the money is good. If that is happening, it is possible to bring legal claims against the business that is enabling the human trafficking, as well against the direct perpetrator.
Why Call a Lawyer for Human Trafficking Victims
If you or a family member has been a victim of human trafficking, you may have a claim against the person or people who committed the crime of human trafficking or against the business that is profiting from the crime. We can assess your situation and give you legal advice about steps to take for your safety. Your call will be kept confidential.
If you are a victim of human trafficking or suspect that human trafficking is occurring in your community, we suggest you call the Polaris Project. Polaris is a nationwide non-profit staffed by professionals who are very experienced in guiding victims and survivors of human trafficking. Also, you may call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. The Hotline is completely confidential. People are there to answer the Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (“UNODC”) seeks to prevent human trafficking, protect victims, and prosecute offenders. The UNODC has answers to frequently asked questions about human trafficking on its website at Human Trafficking FAQs. The Carolina Women’s Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also works to stop human trafficking by raising awareness among individuals and community groups and working with law enforcement and advocacy groups. The NC Stop Human Trafficking organization is another statewide community member coalition with member groups in many North Carolina cities that has resources to help victims.
There are professionals who are trained to respond to human trafficking victims with shelter and security, medical treatment, food, clothing, legal services, counseling, and other aid. If you are a human trafficking victim, or if you know of a situation of human trafficking, call the Hotline to get resources to help the victims and contact law enforcement immediately. We can also help you get assistance and navigate the legal system.
Please contact our lawyers if you or a loved one has been a victim of human trafficking or you suspect human trafficking is occurring in your community
If you are a victim of human trafficking or are aware of a situation involving human trafficking, please contact our human trafficking lawyers right away. Human trafficking is one of the most serious crimes and affects many individuals every day in our own communities. By taking action to contact our human trafficking attorneys, you may prevent this tragedy from happening to someone else. While money cannot compensate victims completely for the tragic effects of human trafficking, it can help the victims obtain much-needed help to recover and rebuild their lives.