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NJ Sex Trafficking Lawyers: Protecting Human Trafficking & Survivors

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Brian Kent, Esq. - NJ Abuse Guardian
My name is Brian, and I, along with my devoted group of New Jersey sex trafficking attorneys, pledge to offer empathetic and skillful advocacy for those impacted by the harrowing effects of sex trafficking in New Jersey. Possessing a profound comprehension of the intricacies linked to these cases, we are unwavering in our pursuit to assist survivors and their loved ones in attaining the justice they genuinely merit.
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Compassionate and Aggressive Legal Representation for Survivors of Sex Trafficking in New Jersey

At Laffey, Bucci & Kent, our dedicated team of sexual assault lawyers in NJ is committed to providing compassionate and aggressive legal representation to those who have suffered the crime of human trafficking. We understand the immense physical, emotional, and psychological toll that sexual abuse and sex trafficking can have on an individual, and we strive to help our clients find justice and reclaim their lives.

The Epidemic of Human Trafficking in NJ

Sex trafficking is a pervasive issue in New Jersey, with traffickers often targeting vulnerable individuals who are at risk of exploitation. As one of the most densely populated states in the country, New Jersey's proximity to major metropolitan areas such as New York City and Philadelphia makes it a prime location for traffickers to try and transport victims. Over the years, there has also been an increase in human trafficking, prompting victim assistance programs to become more available. Victims of sex trafficking often face a lifetime of trauma and suffering, making it crucial to have dedicated and experienced NJ human trafficking lawyers to advocate for their rights.

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Legal Options for Sex Trafficking Survivors in New Jersey

As a survivor of sex trafficking in New Jersey, you have various legal options available to help you seek justice and compensation for your suffering. Our experienced sex trafficking lawyers in NJ will work with you to determine the best course of action for your individual sex crimes case, which may include:

Criminal Prosecution

We can assist you in reporting your case to law enforcement and cooperating with the authorities to bring a human trafficking charge to your traffickers and their accomplices. Criminal prosecution can result in imprisonment and fines for the perpetrators charged with human trafficking, sending a strong message that such heinous crimes will not be tolerated.

Civil Lawsuits

In addition to criminal prosecution, you may also have the option to file a civil lawsuit against your traffickers and any third parties who were complicit in your exploitation. A successful civil lawsuit can result in financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages you have experienced as a result of your trafficking.

Victims' Rights Advocacy

Our attorneys throughout New Jersey will also advocate for your rights as a survivor of sex trafficking, ensuring that you are treated with dignity and respect during the legal process. We will work to protect your privacy and help you access the resources and support you need to heal and move forward with your life.

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Penalties For Human Trafficking In New Jersey

In New Jersey, sex trafficking is a serious criminal offense that carries severe penalties upon conviction. The penalties for sex trafficking are as follows:

  1. First degree crime: If an individual is convicted of human trafficking in New Jersey, it is considered a first-degree human trafficking crime. This carries a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years and a fine of up to $200,000.
  2. Mandatory minimum sentencing: New Jersey law also mandates a minimum sentence for certain sex trafficking offenses. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:13-8, if the victim is a minor or if the trafficker used force, fraud, or criminal coercion, the convicted individual must serve a mandatory minimum sentence of at least two-thirds of the imposed term or 15 years, whichever is greater, before being eligible for parole.
  3. Human Trafficking Survivors Assistance Fund: In addition to fines and imprisonment, convicted traffickers may be required to pay restitution to the Human Trafficking Survivors Assistance Fund. This fund provides support and resources to survivors of human trafficking.
  4. Additional consequences: Convicted sex traffickers may face additional consequences, such as forfeiture of assets and property used in the commission of the crime, mandatory registration as a sex offender under Megan's Law, and a permanent criminal record, which can have long-lasting effects on employment, housing, and other aspects of life.

It is important to note that penalties may vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case, including the age of the victim, the use of force or coercion, and the defendant's criminal history.

What Are The Forms Of Human Trafficking?

Sex trafficking is a complex and multifaceted crime that can take various forms. Some common forms of sex trafficking include:

  • Forced prostitution: Traffickers may force victims into promoting prostitution by using physical violence, threats, or manipulation. Victims are often made to work in brothels, on the streets, or through online advertisements, with traffickers controlling their movements and earnings. Controlling behaviors also include serious bodily harm or physical restraint.
  • Escort services: Sex trafficking can occur within the context of escort services that engage in sexual activity. Traffickers may pose as legitimate business owners, using force or coercion to exploit victims who are made to entice and provide sexual services to clients.
  • Commercial front operations: Some traffickers operate businesses, such as massage parlors or strip clubs, that appear legitimate but are used as fronts for sex trafficking. Victims are forced to provide something of value such as sexual services to clients under the guise of providing legitimate services like massages.
  • Pornography production: Traffickers may exploit victims by forcing them to participate in the production of pornography. This can include both online and offline distribution of sexually explicit material featuring the victim.
  • Child sex trafficking: Minors are particularly vulnerable to sex trafficking, and traffickers often target children for exploitation in the commercial sex industry. This can involve forced prostitution, participation in pornography production, or performing in live sex shows.
  • Online exploitation: With the proliferation of the internet, traffickers increasingly use online platforms to advertise and sell sexual services involving their victims. This can include posting advertisements on classified websites, using social media to recruit victims, or operating websites that facilitate the buying and selling of sexual services.
  • Domestic servitude: In some cases, traffickers force victims into domestic servitude that involves sexual exploitation. The victim may be made to work as a domestic worker in a private home or even a sex ring, and their duties may include providing sexual services to their employer or others.
  • Forced marriages: Victims may be trafficked for the purpose of forced marriages, where they are compelled to enter into a marriage against their will and subsequently subjected to sexual exploitation by their spouse.

It is important to note that sex trafficking can involve multiple forms of exploitation, and traffickers often use a combination of tactics to control and manipulate their victims. Raising awareness of these different forms of sex trafficking is essential for the prevention of this heinous crime and the protection of potential victims.

Our Law Firm Local Resources For NJ Human Trafficking Survivors

There are several local resources available to support sex trafficking survivors in New Jersey. Some of these organizations and programs include:

New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking (NJCAHT) Website: https://www.njhumantrafficking.org/ NJCAHT is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together to raise awareness, advocate for policy changes, and provide resources to survivors of human trafficking in New Jersey.

DreamCatchers New Jersey Website: https://www.dreamcatchersnj.org/ DreamCatchers is a non-profit organization that offers comprehensive services to survivors of human trafficking, including case management, counseling, and support with legal, housing, and employment needs.

Womanspace Website: https://www.womanspace.org/ Womanspace is a leading nonprofit agency that provides support and services to individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence and bodily harm, including human trafficking survivors. They offer a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, and legal advocacy services.

Salvation Army New Jersey Division Anti-Trafficking Program Website: https://nj.salvationarmy.org/NewJersey/antitrafficking The Salvation Army offers a comprehensive anti-trafficking program that provides emergency housing, case management, counseling, and referrals to additional resources for survivors of human trafficking.

Covenant House New Jersey Website: https://nj.covenanthouse.org/ Covenant House provides shelter, food, immediate crisis care, and an array of services to homeless, runaway, and trafficked youth in New Jersey, including those who have been sexually exploited.

New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) - Office of Trafficking Services and Prevention Website: https://www.nj.gov/dcf/women/trafficking/ The Office of Trafficking Services and Prevention is dedicated to supporting child victims of human trafficking and raising awareness about the issue. They coordinate services and resources for survivors, collaborate with community organizations, and provide training for professionals.

National Human Trafficking Hotline Phone: 1-888-373-7888 Text: "BeFree" (233733) Website: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/ While not exclusive to New Jersey, the National Human Trafficking Hotline is a valuable resource for anyone seeking help, information, or reporting a potential trafficking situation. The hotline operates 24/7 and offers assistance in multiple languages.

These resources represent just a few of the organizations and programs available to assist sex trafficking survivors in New Jersey. It is essential for survivors to reach out to our law offices for help and support as they recover from their experiences and work toward rebuilding their lives.

Contact Laffey, Bucci & Kent: Human Trafficking Lawyers NJ

If you or someone you love has been a victim of sex trafficking, don't hesitate to reach out to Laffey, Bucci & Kent for a confidential consultation. Our compassionate and experienced sex trafficking lawyers in NJ are here to help you navigate the legal process and seek the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us today or fill out our online contact form to get started.

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