Human Trafficking Lawsuit Signed Cases
Millions of people worldwide are victims of human trafficking. They’re just not in far away lands they could be down the street or live in your town. The US has one of the world’s largest populations of trafficked people, mostly in the sex industry, but they are also working in any number of jobs without getting paid. These people are not only foreigners, they’re Americans. If you have been trafficked, want to help someone you think may be trafficked or just want to learn more about the issue, contact us.
If your firm is involved in Human Trafficking litigation or would like to be, ZeroRisk Cases® can help you get the clients you need. Our experts and unique lead generation marketing services for human trafficking lawyers and work directly with a national non-profit foundation whose goal is to help victims of human trafficking.
Human trafficking is using force, fraud, or threats to obtain free work from someone or to recruit them to engage in sex for pay. It happens to millions of people every year worldwide. No community is immune from it. Victims may be any age, race, gender or nationality. Traffickers use violence or manipulation; they lie about well-paying jobs that don’t exist or pretend to be romantically involved with someone to lure them into trafficking situations.
The US is a destination country for human trafficking because victims are filling a demand for their illegal labor, often in the sex industry. The federal government estimates that 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the country each year, not counting Americans trafficked within the country.
Who are victims? Why did this happen to them?
Trafficking victims often are sex workers, many of them children, but forced labor is another type of human trafficking. In any case, people are being exploited for their labor. They can be found in legitimate and illegitimate businesses, including massage parlors, agriculture, restaurants, hotels and domestic service.
Victims may be working to pay off debts. Even after years of work, they may or may not be able to erase the debt because of the amount loaned, high interest rates, low pay, dishonesty and charges for shelter and food. Human smugglers may traffic foreign nationals in the US in exchange for getting them into the country.
Victims may have gotten themselves into trouble because of,
- Psychological or emotional vulnerability
- Economic hardship
- Lack of a social safety net
- Natural disasters
- Political instability or persecution in their home country
They may not seek help because of language barriers, fear of reprisals from their traffickers who may retaliate against their families and fear of law enforcement or being deported. Trauma caused by traffickers could be so great they may not consider themselves as victims or ask for help, even in public settings or away from those exploiting them.
In the US, most human trafficking victims are Americans or they come from Mexico and the Philippines. Those in the country who are at a greater risk to be trafficked include,
- Runaways and homeless youth
- Children in the welfare, juvenile justice or foster family systems
- American Indians and Alaska Natives
- Migrant workers
- Those who don’t speak English well
- People with disabilities
- Members of the LGBTQ community
Signs someone is a trafficking victim
Indications someone may be trafficked, according to the Department of Homeland Security, include,
- The person seems to be disconnected and totally living apart from those around them. There appears to be no connection to family, friends, community organizations or houses of worship
- The person’s child no longer goes to school
- There’s a a sudden or dramatic change in behavior
- A juvenile works as a sex worker
- The person appears disoriented or confused
- He or she has signs of mental or physical abuse
- The person is fearful, timid or submissive
- He or she seems to be deprived of food, water, sleep, or medical care
- The person is often in the company of someone who he or she defers to
- Someone else appears to be in control of the situation and person
- The person talks like they’ve been coached to say certain things
- The person doesn’t have personal possessions or a stable living situation
- The person can’t freely move around
- Where they live there are unreasonable security measures
Legal status for victims who qualify
Trafficking victims in the US illegally may fear seeking help because they may be deported and be forced back into a situation they wanted to escape. There are programs that may allow you to obtain a legal immigration status and stay in the country, according to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) is a federal law that provides for legal benefits and services to victims in the US.
- If the person is determined by ICE or another law enforcement agency to be a trafficking victim and a potential witness against traffickers, he or she may become eligible for Continued Presence (CP). This allows the person to stay in the country temporarily (though it’s renewable if necessary) during the ongoing investigation or prosecution of the trafficker. This includes temporary work authorization.
- A T Visa is a four-year non-immigrant status allowing victims to stay in the US to help federal and/or state authorities investigate and prosecute trafficking cases. If the person is older than 18, to get a T Visa the victim must comply with reasonable requests for assistance from law enforcement, unless that’s not possible due to physical or psychological trauma. The recipient must show he or she will likely suffer extreme hardship if deported from the US to receive the visa. Recipients may be able to bring certain family members to the US.
How to report human trafficking
If you are a victim of human trafficking, or know someone who is, you can contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888 or you can contact The Human Trafficking Project at 844-733-5587. They can get you in touch with the right people who can answer your questions and end the nightmare that is living as a victim of trafficking.
How We Can Help Your Human Trafficking Litigation Practice
We have a division focused solely on providing marketing services for human trafficking lawyers. Lead generation is our most common service and is great for attorneys looking for mass tort litigation plaintiffs. We put all our energy and expertise into getting the highest quality cases for our clients.
Our relationship with a national non-profit organization puts us in direct contact with victims of Human Trafficking who are potential clients for your firm who are thoroughly vetted based on YOUR criteria.
After we’re contacted, the potential client is screened to ensure quality and our sensitivity trained Social Worker walks the prospect through the intake process.
Our latest technology utilizes our proprietary software that enables us to data mine information through third party vendors, resulting in cases where leads have been matched with their medical histories, diagnosis, drug prescription and treatments with exposure or usage of a caustic drug or chemical. This significantly reduces the cost of acquisition and provides a much higher value clients; one that has proof of usage or exposure; proof of diagnosis; and proof of treatment.
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