Penal Code 236.1 PC in California refers to “human trafficking,” which includes the following crimes:

  • Depriving someone of personal liberty for forced labor
  • Depriving someone of their personal liberty with intent to violate pimping and pandering laws
  • Persuading or trying to persuade a minor to engage in a commercial sex act

Prisoner in handcuffs clenching fistsUnfortunately, human trafficking is a problem in California, where people attempt to coax underage children and adults into its terrible grasp. Just months ago, 5 people were arrested in a human trafficking ring that stretched all the way across central and southern California. Investigators found that women all the way from Fresno to San Diego were being forced to have sex with 20 to 30 men a day in an act of “modern day slavery.” The worst part? The victims were incurring debt for these acts because they were forced to pay drivers, pay for their own food, and pay for their own hotel rooms. This is one of the ways that they were held captive for so long, having to fend for themselves in despicable ways.

Every year, people are arrested for the heinous crime of human trafficking. However, being convicted of a crime doesn’t mean that it has to be the end of your life. No, we are there for you through it all. We can help you understand the laws that have an impact on this crime and the penalties you might face through the courts.

There are many ways that human trafficking can lure in a victim. For instance, 22 U.S.C. 7102 (6) refers to a scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause a person to believe that they would suffer harm for their actions. This means that people are sometimes forced into the acts. Under 22 U.S.C. 7102 (3), victims are coerced into trafficking by having threats made against their will and being restrained.

Why is a Lawyer Necessary? 

Proposition 35 (also known as the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act) was enacted in 2012 to provide very harsh penalties for defendants in human trafficking cases. Under these laws, you could face up to twelve years in prison and a fine up to $500,000. It is obvious how an attorney can help you in your time of need. Without one, you may find yourself a victim of harsh California penalties and complex laws that you may not understand. Give us a call today for help with your case.