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Human Trafficking Arrests In Connecticut (Part 3 of 3)

Human Trafficking Arrests In Connecticut
(Part 3 of 3)

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When Human Trafficking Charges Unfairly Piggyback Connecticut Prostitution Arrests

Top Stamford Connecticut criminal lawyers often see Human Trafficking arrests go hand in hand with arrests in Stamford for Prostitution and Patronizing Prostitution. Police and prosecutors look to stockpile these charges on top of one another in the hope that a conspirator will buckle under fear of the maximum jail penalties and provide helpful information to law enforcement in their Human Trafficking investigation.

Prostitution is a Class A misdemeanor codified in C.G.S. 53a-82, and occurs when a person over the age of 16 engages in or agrees to engage in sexual conduct with another, for compensation. The crime carries a maximum 1 year jail sentence and a fine of up to $2000. However, a defense to Prostitution exists if you were “coerced” into the act of prostitution as a victim of the Connecticut crime of Coercion or Human Trafficking. This means that if you can prove that you were forced into Prostitution, then you will not be guilty of the charges against you. In fact, if you are 16 or 17 years old, Connecticut law actually presumes that you were forced to engage in prostitution. In other words, if you are 16 or 17, then you do not have to prove that you were coerced into Prostitution. Click here for more information on Connecticut Prostitution arrests.

In a large-scale bust of a Human Trafficking ring, everyone is at risk of being arrested. Top Connecticut sex crimes criminal attorneys have seen the sex operation’s managers, pimps, prostitutes, and Johns all get arrested for various sex crimes. As a result, these Johns can easily find themselves arrested in Wilton or Danbury Connecticut for merely purchasing the services of an escort or prostitute. Patronizing Prostitution is a Class A misdemeanor in violation of C.G.S. 53a-83. You can be arrested for Patronizing Prostitution in Stamford or Norwalk Connecticut if you pay or agree to pay a person for sexual contact, or pay or agree to pay a third person for another person’s sexual services. For more information on Patronizing Prostitution, click here.

Connecticut’s Relentless Crackdown Against Human Trafficking

In 2013, there was a nationwide effort to tackle the problem of Sex Trafficking of children. At that time, the West Haven Police Department, assisted by the FBI, conducted a sting that rescued a number of juveniles who were being victimized in a New Haven sex operation. More recently, in 2014, the Stamford Police Department, working with the FBI, uncovered a Super Bowl sex trafficking business, involving a number of minors that were being forced into prostitution. In that sting, law enforcement authorities from the New York tri-state area netted dozens of arrests in a Superbowl sex sting operation when the Superbowl was played at Giants Stadium. Many times, these stings involve a concerted effort with those in charge of upscale Connecticut hotels and casinos. This means that you may not have the privacy you thought you would have when you are frequenting these venues. It is important to remember that Sex Trafficking is not the only type of human trafficking and that Connecticut is equally hard on human trafficking in forced labor scenarios. Police and the FBI are also looking closely at textile and clothing factories, or any other industries that are suspected of forced labor involving men, women or children who were trafficked into Connecticut. These factories are being closely and covertly monitored, until law enforcement has enough evidence to execute search or arrest warrants. The bottom line here is that State and Federal law enforcement authorities are dedicating millions of dollars in resources and personnel to fight Human Trafficking in Connecticut.

Anti-Trafficking Efforts by the Connecticut Department of Children & Families (“DCF”)

In combatting human trafficking, Connecticut’s efforts are primarily focused on keeping children safe from Sex Trafficking. As many top Connecticut DCF criminal lawyers have observed, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families has launched its own initiatives and response teams to work toward this goal. DCF’s Human Anti-Trafficking Response Team, as it is called, consists of a number of medical and legal professionals who assist with the following: they emotionally and psychologically support victims of trafficking, they provide training to law enforcement to help them identify victims of trafficking, and they lobby for anti-Human Trafficking laws and legislation in Connecticut. In addition to DCF, other not-for-profit organizations in Connecticut are aggressively fighting Human Trafficking. One such group is the Connecticut Coalition Against Trafficking which fights Human Trafficking by raising awareness, educating the public, training others to identify victims, providing support services for victims, and advocating for legislative changes.

Contact a Connecticut Sex Crime Human Trafficking Criminal Lawyer Today

As we’ve explained, a bust of a Connecticut prostitution ring can trigger arrests in Stamford, Greenwich or Danbury Connecticut for a long list of sex crimes, including Human Trafficking, Coercion, Conspiracy, Prostitution and Patronizing Prostitution. The sex crimes criminal lawyers at The Law Offices of Mark Sherman are ready and available to help defend you against these serious sex crime charges. The stakes are just too high to not make that phone call and schedule a consultation. Learn how we can help you craft the most aggressive defense, with one goal only: getting your case dismissed. We provide honest assessments of your case and will tailor our defense and cost structure to meet your needs. So contact a Stamford Connecticut Human Trafficking criminal lawyer at Mark Sherman Law today. Call us at (203) 358-4700.

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