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Human trafficking is an offence under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It involves arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploiting that other person. For the purposes of the offence of human trafficking, travel can include both domestic and international travel.
Exploitation is defined in the Modern Slavery Act and includes subjecting a person to slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour. It can also include sexual exploitation.
Being found guilty of human trafficking can lead to very serious punishment. It is, therefore, essential that anyone accused of this crime has access to the expertise of a highly qualified legal team.
To get advice about a human trafficking offence and for full legal support, get in touch with our team of expert solicitors today on 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.
How JMW Can Help
We have been ranked as a Top Tier Crime Firm by the Legal 500, as well as Chambers and Partners, and our entire team is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. If you are suspected, or accused, of a serious offence, such as human trafficking, you can rest assured that our highly experienced legal specialists are able to help.
We will ensure that you get the very best legal advice and representation. Our bespoke offering is designed to provide discerning clients with an even more dedicated approach and access to the very best legal advice throughout the entire process.
We are committed to defending cases related to trafficking and have years of experience as well as a strong track record of achieving the best outcome for our clients. We understand the complexity and severity of human trafficking accusations, and will work hard to avoid our clients being found guilty, or aim to reduce or drop charges wherever possible.
If you or someone you know has been charged with an offence under the Modern Slavery Act, we are able to offer our full support to you through every stage. From investigation to criminal proceedings, giving you the best chance of securing a favourable outcome.
FAQs About Human Trafficking
What should I do If I’m accused of human trafficking?
If you are accused of human trafficking, it is imperative that you get legal advice straight away. If you or someone you know has been accused of human trafficking, it is incredibly important that you seek legal assistance at once.
What is human trafficking?
Also known as people trafficking, human trafficking is a serious crime and is classed as an extreme violation of human rights. Each year, men, women and children in their thousands fall into the hands of traffickers, both in their home countries and abroad.
Most countries across the globe are impacted by trafficking in some way, and there are international laws in place to try and prevent this issue from worsening.
What is exploitation?
Exploitation can take a number of forms, including:
- The sex trade: sex trafficking is one of the most common ways people are exploited.
- Forced labour: this involves obtaining a person for the purpose of labour or services.
- Domestic servitude: this form of exploitation is often difficult to detect and it is usually a form of forced labour of someone working in a domestic help environment.
What sentence is likely for a human trafficking offence?
Human trafficking is a very serious offence, and those found guilty will usually receive a custodial sentence. Investigations are usually very complex, and broad allegations can be made against organisations or individuals, or those who may have played legitimate roles within a complicated series of events.
People smuggling is a similar offence to human trafficking but is characterised in a different way. While trafficking involves exploitation, smuggling is a voluntary act in which violence or coercion is not usually involved.
We have particular expertise in representing haulage companies accused of assisting “clandestine entrants”.