Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is forced servitude in which one person, or a group of persons uses a combination of deception, fraud, violence or even threats of death to force agricultural, domestic or sexual labor. Victims are recruited, abducted, transported or received for the express purpose of their continued exploitation. They are not free to leave, plan, or secure fair payment for their labor, and attempts to do so are often met with threats, violence and other physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

As of 2017, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center-NHTRC documented 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally, including men, women, and children. The two major Human Trafficking categories are Labor Trafficking and Sex Trafficking. Key venues for Labor Trafficking include Domestic, Traveling, Agriculture, Restaurant, and Begging Rings. Key venues for Sex Trafficking include Illegal Massage/Spa, Hotel/Motel Based, Pornography, and Online Ads/Venue Unknown.

Have You or Has Someone You Know Experienced Human Trafficking?  Experts who work with human trafficking survivors have documented the following scenarios common to many trafficking rings.

  • Owing a huge debt that you cannot repay
  • Using debts to force you into different types of labor: sexual, agricultural, and domestic
  • Being sexually abused, and/or forced to make pornographic video and other content against your will
  • Having your passport, i.d. or other official documents held in order to force free labor against your consent
  • Having a sizable portion of your earnings seized to repay an ongoing debt that changes frequently
  • Being threatened with violence or death if you leave
  • Being recruited for one job, and finding early on that the work is both extensive and exploitative/unpaid labor
  • Excessive monitoring, restrictions on personal schedules, and interactions with others

What are some of the signs and symptoms of persons being trafficked?

Signs commonly displayed by human trafficking victims include poor mental and physical health, and a noticeable lack of control over their personal lives, such as having few personal possessions, and not being able to interact on their own (a third party may insist on speaking for them, translating for them, or being present when they speak to others).

Other signs involve both working and living conditions, including working excessive hours, living and working in the same location, severely restricted movement, non-control of money earned or owing a large debt that can never be repaid, visible physical abuse, being paid solely on tips, being forced to meet a daily quota, and noticeable opaque or boarded windows on the living quarters/building or worksite.

What should you do if you or someone you know is being trafficked?

If you, or someone close to you has experienced any of the above scenarios, immediately contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888. You can call the hotline anonymously 24 hours and seven days a week on behalf of someone you suspect is being trafficked.

The Dunken Law Approach to Representing Victims of Human Trafficking

We’re committed to representing human trafficking survivors with dedication and empathy for the potentially life-threatening experiences they’ve overcome. If you or a survivor you know is interested in bringing a civil lawsuit against those parties who participated and facilitated your trafficking, we may be the firm to help you restore what’s been stolen from you. Our goal is to ensure that you receive justice through the resolution of your case. The Dunken Law Approach is hyper client-focused: with our high-touch client concierge platform you’ll receive regular litigation updates, customized content to explain the mass tort process, and proactive communication.  Speak to one of our knowledgeable case management specialists and receive a free legal consultation. Use the form on this page to get started.