Los Angeles Child Trafficking Attorney

Cases involving human or sex trafficking regularly receive plenty of media attention. This puts pressure on prosecutors and law enforcement officials to pursue swift and harsh justice against alleged perpetrators. If you or someone you love is facing child sex trafficking charges, contact the team at Okabe & Haushalter as soon as possible. We will conduct a complete investigation into your case and work to build a solid defense on your behalf. Our Los Angeles child trafficking defense attorneys are not afraid to stand up to prosecutors in these cases.

What qualifies as child trafficking?

While you may see cases of sex trafficking in the media, the reality is that there are various types of scenarios that could result in a person facing these charges. First, it is important to distinguish between federal and state sex trafficking charges.

  • Federal sex trafficking laws: A person facing sex trafficking could be charged at a federal level. Under 22 USC § 7102; 8 CFR § 214.11(a), sex trafficking is defined as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.”
  • State sex trafficking laws: The California Trafficking Victims Protection Act makes sex trafficking charges felony offenses that are punishable by up to five years in prison. However, a person found guilty of trafficking a minor for sexual purposes could face up to 8 years in prison.

In addition to severe penalties at the state or federal level, any person found guilty of sex trafficking is going to be required to register as a sex offender. This means that a person will find that their opportunities for housing, jobs, and schooling are limited. Those who are on the sex offender registry we also have much of their personal information made available to the public, including their name, address, photograph, place of business, nature of charges, etc.

A person charged with trafficking a child for the purposes of sexual activity will also likely face a multitude of related charges. This can include:

These charges, in addition to sex trafficking charges, could result in lengthier prison sentences upon conviction.

Contact our attorneys for a free consultation today

If you or somebody you love has been accused of trafficking children, you need to speak to an attorney immediately. At Okabe & Haushalter, our knowledgeable and experienced team pledges to conduct a complete investigation into your case so we can build a vigorous defense on your behalf in the courtroom. We believe that everybody deserves the right to skilled and knowledgeable legal assistance in criminal defense matters. When you need a Los Angeles child trafficking defense attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case today by clicking here or calling 310-430-7799.