Posted on December 6, 2023 in Sex Crimes
Human trafficking is a serious problem in Arizona, as the state’s proximity to Mexico, Las Vegas and California makes it a preferred area for this type of criminal activity. For this reason, Arizona has harsh laws against human trafficking and severe penalties for those convicted of this crime.
Human trafficking is often described as modern-day slavery. It means to take away someone’s freedom – through the use of fraud, force or coercion – for labor or commercial sexual activity for the purpose of making a profit. It refers to recruiting, transferring, transporting or harboring humans with intent to force or deceive them into providing various acts or services for money. It is an exploitative act that is against the law in all 50 states.
Human trafficking is prohibited by multiple state laws in Arizona. In 2014, Arizona established the Task Force on Human Trafficking to assess existing laws and find opportunities to strengthen them. Since then, the Task Force has amended laws to strengthen penalties against convicted traffickers and improve awareness of this crime.
The state laws against human trafficking in Arizona are as follows:
Note that under federal law, any individual under the age of 18 who is forced or coerced to perform a commercial sex act is viewed as a human trafficking victim. Human trafficking and child sex trafficking are class 2 felonies in Arizona. These crimes are penalized severely, with consequences such as lengthy prison sentences and a fine of up to $150,000.
If you have been accused of human trafficking in any regard in Arizona, contact the criminal defense attorneys at AZ Defenders immediately for a free consultation. Our highly experienced sex crime defense lawyers understand how to address human trafficking charges and build the strongest possible defenses according to each client’s unique situation. We are ready to fight for your rights with aggressive legal strategies. Call (480) 568-4473 for a free and confidential case review.