If you have been arrested for sex trafficking in the Orlando area for a violation of Florida Statute 787.06 or 796.035 or 796.045 or 817.0145, you need to call an experienced attorney immediately!! The legislature as a matter of policy has compared human trafficking for sexual purpose to modern day slavery. It is the intent of the lawmakers that this crime be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The skilled defense attorneys of Finebloom & Haenel are prepared to defend you against these heinous charges.
- The legislature literally defines “Human trafficking” as transporting, soliciting, recruiting, harboring, providing, or obtaining another person for transport.
- However it is also illegal to engage, or attempt to engage, in human trafficking with the intent or knowledge that the trafficked person will be subjected to forced labor or services; or
- To benefit financially by receiving anything of value from participation in a venture that has subjected a person to forced labor or services.
Human trafficking for purposes of forcing the individual to perform sexual acts or services is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in a Florida prison. This is in addition to any additional charges, such as lewd and lascivious or kidnapping charges that a person may accrue when accused of this type of charge. It is also possible to face federal charges for this particular crime.
Under Florida Statute 796.035 any parent, legal guardian, or other person having custody or control of a minor who sells or otherwise transfers custody or control of such minor, or offers to sell or otherwise transfer custody of such minor, with knowledge that, as a consequence of the sale or transfer, the minor will engage in prostitution, perform naked for compensation, or otherwise participate in the trade of sex trafficking, commits a felony of the first degree, punishable by up to 30 years in a Florida prison.
Florida statute 796.045 states that any person who knowingly recruits, entices, harbors, transports, provides, or obtains by any means a person, knowing that force, fraud, or coercion will be used to cause that person to engage in prostitution, commits the offense of sex trafficking, a felony of the second degree, punishable by up to 15 years in the Florida prison system
If the offense of sex trafficking is committed against a person who is under the age of 14 or if such offense results in death then it is a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison!!
Florida Statute 847.0145 prohibits the selling or buying of minors for sexual purposes by parents, legal guardians or people having custody or control of a minor. The law states that if you sell or transfer your custody of a minor knowing that they will be used for a sexual purpose or with the intent to promote sexual conduct, it is a felony of the first degree, punishable by 30 years in the Department of Corrections and a $10,000 fine.
The Legislature made a finding that many victims of human trafficking are forced to work in prostitution or the sexual entertainment industry. Various techniques are used to keep the person working against their will. These techniques instill fear in victims and as a result keep them enslaved. Some traffickers keep their victims under lock and key. However, the most frequently used practices are less obvious techniques that include isolating victims from the public and family members; confiscating passports, visas, or other identification documents; using or threatening to use violence toward victims or their families; telling victims that they will be imprisoned or deported for immigration violations if they contact authorities; and controlling the victims’ funds by holding the money ostensibly for safekeeping. If you are found guilty of using any of these techniques to keep a person employed in your service, you could face additional penalties.
Because of the intense political pressure that will surround this charge, you will need experienced attorneys to represent your interest. The defense attorneys of Finebloom & Haenel have over 30 years of experience in criminal matters. Many of the attorneys are former prosecutors. They know what the state will present and how. Our attorneys will devise the best defense strategy for you in order to obtain the best possible outcome for your situation. Call us now at 407-218-6277. We are available 24/7 to consult with you.