Child trafficking is a type of human trafficking that occurs in transportation or transfer, harbor, recruitment, or knowing receipt of children under the age of 18 for the purpose of exploitation. Children are often kidnapped or coaxed into captivity and then handed over to traffickers who then make the children available to any number of different parties for the purposes of child prostitution, forced labor, or other types of slavery.
The penalties for child trafficking are similar to human trafficking, which is the parent crime of child trafficking. When the victim of human trafficking is a minor, convicted offenders may face anywhere from 4, 6, to 8 years in state prison. If the victim is then forced into commercial sex acts such as child prostitution, financial penalties can skyrocket to upwards of $100,000.
These are serious penalties and immediate action must be taken in order to give you the best opportunity to minimize or avoid charges entirely.
The attorneys of Okabe & Haushalter are students of criminal law with a deep understanding of how it applies to human trafficking involving children. These are high-profile crimes that are vulnerable to mistakes on the part of law enforcement or prosecutors who are pressured into returning convictions. Our firm focuses on the mistakes that can be made by the authorities during investigation, arrest, prosecution and anywhere in between. We can identify weaknesses in the prosecutions’ case and, by casting sufficient doubt as to our clients’ guilt, our aggressive and confident representation may compel a jury to rule in your favor. We have consistently secured optimal results for our clients; while we cannot guarantee a specific result, we can do everything in our legal power to see that your suffering is minimized as much as it can be.
Contact Okabe & Haushalter if you have been accused of any involvement in trafficking children for the purpose of exploitation and want to discuss your options for defense.