Most people in America believe that slavery ended more than a century ago. However, thousands of people are currently living in slavery throughout the country. Sex trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery that forces or manipulates a person to engage in sex acts for another person’s financial gain.
This is an illegal industry that takes place all around us, and for many people, it goes unnoticed. However, there are thousands of businesses across the United States that notice the signs of trafficking, but they turn a blind eye for their own benefit. Companies who fail to notify authorities of sex trafficking occurring on their premises are ethically and financially liable for their role in the exploitation of thousands.
How Are Businesses Complicit in Sex Trafficking?
Sex trafficking occurs everywhere, including Pennsylvania. Sex traffickers use a variety of legitimate services to run their illegitimate businesses. Some of the popular services they use include rental cars, hotels, airlines, limousine rides, and cruise lines. Many of these businesses have long turned a blind eye to sex trafficking occurring on their premises or in their vehicles, primarily because they benefit from it.
As a result, countless businesses have failed to protect thousands of young women and children who suffer from abuse and sexual exploitation. Because they remain silent, these companies help facilitate the sex trafficking enterprise; as a result, they should be held liable for the harm that trafficking victims suffer.
Pennsylvania Sex Trafficking Laws
Any business who fails to notify authorities about sex trafficking occurring on their premises for personal gain can be held financially liable for the harm people suffer as a result. According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, anyone who “knowingly benefits,” financially or otherwise, from trafficking, and “knew or should have known” that the trafficking was occurring, is liable for financial damages and attorney fees.
Additionally, Pennsylvania is 1 of 36 states that has a private right of action for survivors of sex trafficking. Pennsylvania law states that anyone who “knowingly benefits financially or receives anything of value from any act that facilitates trafficking activity” is liable for punitive and treble damages.
Helping Sex Trafficking Survivors Get Justice
If you or a loved one were victims of sex trafficking, and business turned a blind eye to your abuse, you can hold them accountable for their negligent behavior. With the help of an experienced sex trafficking attorney, you can receive the monetary compensation you need to secure your future. Your claim will also compel more companies to speak up in the future.
The Pennsylvania sex trafficking lawyers at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC are dedicated to helping clients get the compensation they deserve after companies have wrong them. Since 1922, we have helped tens of thousands of people throughout Pennsylvania, and we can help you too. We have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients, helping them rebuild their lives after suffering traumatic experiences. Recovery is within reach; call us to learn what we can do to help.
Contact our compassionate Pennsylvania sex trafficking attorneys today for a free consultation: (888) 498-3023!