Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a crime that involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to recruit, harbor, transport or obtain a person for the purposes of sexual or labor exploitation. Human trafficking has become a major area of concern for the Federal Government and a crime that is aggressively investigated and punished. Trafficking may occur without violence or extreme circumstances. In some cases, merely having an undocumented person working in your home can lead to trafficking charges. In some instances, individuals who willingly agree to employment later feel victimized and make an allegation of criminal conduct on the part of their employer. In 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 made human trafficking a Federal crime. Under this act defendants face lengthy prison terms and potentially huge compensation payments to victims. Michele has represented many individuals charged with Trafficking offenses and is well-versed in distinguishing true Trafficking offenders from individuals who have acted without malice.