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Hello, I'm Kat, a dedicated and experienced sex trafficking lawyer in NY. I am licensed to practice law in New York and deeply committed to pursuing justice for survivors of sexual exploitation. My team and I are passionate about advocating for our clients' best interests and ensuring they receive the compensation they rightfully deserve. We are prepared and eager to offer our experience to help you on your journey to justice.

 

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Empowering Survivors and Pursuing Justice - Sex Trafficking Attorneys In NY

At Thomas Legal Counselors at Law, LLC, we understand the pain and trauma that survivors of sex trafficking and human trafficking face. Our New York-based legal team specializes in representing survivors, providing compassionate support and experienced legal representation. Our focus is on ensuring justice for our clients and empowering them to reclaim their lives. As a survivor, you deserve the best legal representation, and our team of experienced sexual abuse lawyers in NY is here to provide that.

Our Services:

  • Legal representation for survivors of sex trafficking and human trafficking 
  • Civil litigation against traffickers and those who profit from exploitation 
  • Assistance in obtaining T-visas and other forms of immigration relief for survivors 
  • Restitution and compensation claims 
  • Advocacy for policy changes to strengthen protections for survivors
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What Is Sex & Human Trafficking? New York Penal Law

Sex trafficking in New York refers to the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act through force, fraud, or coercion. In New York, sex trafficking is a serious crime, and both state and federal laws aim to combat this issue.

Under New York State law, specifically Section 230.34 of the Penal Law, sex trafficking occurs when an individual intentionally advances or profits from prostitution by engaging in any of the following acts:

  1. Compelling or inducing another person to engage in prostitution.
  2. Using force, threats, or intimidation to compel another person to engage in prostitution.
  3. Providing drugs or alcohol to a person with the intent to impair their judgment, thereby making it easier to compel them into prostitution.
  4. Withholding or threatening to withhold essential documents (e.g., passports or immigration documents) to compel someone into prostitution.
  5. Facilitating illegal entry into the United States to force a person into prostitution.
  6. Using debt bondage to force a person into prostitution.
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It is important to note that in cases involving minors (those under 18 years of age), the use of force, fraud, or coercion is not required to prove sex trafficking. Any commercial sex act involving a minor is considered sex trafficking under both New York State and federal laws.

Sex trafficking is a grave violation of human rights, and the laws in New York reflect the seriousness of this crime. Prosecuting traffickers and providing assistance to survivors is a priority for law enforcement and various organizations in the state.

Signs Of Sex Trafficking In New York

Sex trafficking can be difficult to identify, as traffickers often employ manipulative tactics to keep their victims hidden and under control. However, recognizing the signs of sex trafficking can be crucial in assisting potential victims and reporting traffickers to the appropriate authorities. Some common signs of sex trafficking include:

  1. Physical Indicators:
    • Unexplained injuries, such as bruises, burns, or cuts
    • Signs of malnourishment or poor hygiene
    • Chronic fatigue or sleep deprivation
    • Tattoos or branding symbols that may indicate ownership by a trafficker
  2. Behavioral Indicators:
    • Fearful, anxious, or paranoid behavior, especially around authority figures
    • Avoidance of eye contact and social interaction
    • Unusual compliance or submissiveness to a controlling individual
    • Sudden changes in behavior or appearance
    • Inability or unwillingness to speak for themselves or provide personal information
  3. Social and Environmental Indicators:
    • Isolation from friends, family, or community members
    • Frequent relocation or traveling to different cities or states with no clear reason
    • Inability to leave their living or working situation, or appearing to be closely monitored
    • Lack of personal possessions, identification documents, or financial control
    • Living in cramped, unsanitary, or overcrowded conditions
  4. Work-Related Indicators:
    • Involvement in commercial sex work or frequenting locations known for prostitution
    • Working excessively long hours or in exploitative conditions
    • Not being paid or receiving only a small portion of their earnings
    • Inability to leave their job or change employers
    • Underage individuals engaged in commercial sex work

It is essential to remember that these signs are not exhaustive or definitive proof of sex trafficking. However, if you notice any combination of these signs, it is crucial to report your suspicions to the appropriate authorities, such as the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or local law enforcement. Your vigilance can help save lives and bring traffickers to justice.

Human Sex Trafficking Crimes - Associated Industries

Sex trafficking is an insidious crime that can occur in any industry or sector, but there are certain industries that are more commonly associated with sex trafficking due to their exploitative nature and the vulnerabilities of workers. Some of these industries include:

  • Prostitution and Escort Services: One of the most common industries associated with sex trafficking is prostitution and escort services, where individuals are forced, coerced, or deceived into engaging in commercial sex acts.
  • Strip Clubs and Adult Entertainment: Strip clubs and adult entertainment venues, such as pornographic studios, are also associated with sex trafficking. In some cases, performers may be forced or coerced into performing against their will, or may be held in debt bondage to their employers.
  • Massage Parlors: Illicit massage parlors, where individuals offer sexual services in exchange for money, are often linked to sex trafficking. Women and girls may be lured to these establishments with promises of legitimate work, only to be forced into prostitution once they arrive.
  • Agriculture and Farm Work: Trafficking in agriculture and farm work is another industry where sex trafficking can occur. Migrant workers may be exploited and forced into commercial sex acts as a means of control or payment.
  • Hospitality and Tourism: The hospitality and tourism industry is also associated with sex trafficking, especially in tourist destinations. Individuals may be recruited to work in hotels or resorts, only to find themselves trapped in prostitution.

It is essential to recognize that sex trafficking can occur in any industry, and survivors can come from any background. It is crucial to remain vigilant and report any suspected instances of sex trafficking to the appropriate authorities.

Safe Houses For Survivors Of Human Trafficking In NYC

There are several safe houses and organizations in New York that provide comprehensive support and resources to survivors of sex trafficking. Here are a few examples:

  1. Restore NYC: Restore NYC is a nonprofit organization that provides safe housing, counseling, and economic empowerment programs to survivors of sex trafficking in New York City. They offer both short-term and long-term housing options, as well as legal advocacy and job training. Visit their website at https://www.restore.nyc/ for more information.
  2. Sanctuary for Families: Sanctuary for Families is a nonprofit organization that provides services for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. They offer emergency shelter, legal services, counseling, and advocacy for survivors throughout New York City. Visit their website at https://sanctuaryforfamilies.org/ for more information.
  3. GEMS: GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) is a nonprofit organization that serves girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. They provide a range of services, including emergency shelter, counseling, educational and vocational support, and advocacy. Visit their website at https://www.gems-girls.org/ for more information.
  4. New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS): The OVS provides compensation to eligible victims of crime, including survivors of human trafficking. They offer a range of services, including counseling, medical care, and financial assistance. Visit their website at https://ovs.ny.gov/ for more information.

These organizations and safe houses are committed to providing survivors of sex trafficking with the support and resources they need to heal and rebuild their lives. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sex trafficking in New York, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of these organizations for help.

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At Thomas Legal Counselors at Law, LLC, we are dedicated to providing the highest level of legal representation to survivors of sex trafficking and human trafficking in New York. Our team of experienced lawyers understands the unique challenges faced by survivors and is committed to helping them reclaim their lives.

If you or someone you know is a survivor in need of legal representation, please do not hesitate to contact us today for a free, confidential consultation. Let us help you on the path to justice, healing, and a brighter future.

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