In Massachusetts sex trafficking and human trafficking can be differentiated by two main laws. These laws target sex traffickers and human traffickers. The difference between human trafficking and sex trafficking is centered on the activities involved.
If the actions of the people involved include sexual activity, then the person will be charged with sex trafficking. If their actions involve any other type of services such as forced labor, then the person who is keeping them will be charged with human trafficking.
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Massachusetts defines sex trafficking as any person who “knowingly subjects, or attempts to subject, or recruits, entices, harbors, transports, provides or obtains by any means …” another person to engage in certain kinds of sexual activity or “benefits financially or by receiving anything of value” from the sexual activity.
For example, a person who knowingly drives a woman to a location to engage in a sex act for money can now be charged with sex trafficking even if the woman asked to be driven to that location.
Human trafficking is defined the same way as sex trafficking except instead of sexual activity, the law prohibits any person who “knowingly subjects, or attempts to subject, or recruits, entices, harbors, transports, provides or obtains by any means …” another person to engage in certain kinds of forced services or “benefits financially or by receiving anything of value” from the forced services.
For example, a person who restricts their housekeeper’s freedom of movement and forces them to work without providing appropriate monetary compensation can now be charged with human trafficking.
A person convicted of sex trafficking or human trafficking faces significant time in prison. If convicted, he or she faces:
Mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in state prison;
Up to a maximum of 20 years if the victim is an adult; or
Up to life if the person is under 18 years old.
This type of case requires immediate representation by an experienced criminal defense team. Your rights and your future are on the line. Without the proper defense, you could be facing serious consequences.
With more than two decades of experience, Attorney Sweeney has been included in the list of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and rated 10.0 Superb on Avvo. Attorney Sweeney has a history of success helping clients throughout Massachusetts and can aggressively fight for your rights.
If you or someone you know is charged with sex trafficking or human trafficking, contact us at Sweeney & Associates, LLC today for a free consultation. Our team serves Quincy, Canton, and the surrounding cities.