Defending International Human Trafficking In California
California is one of the United States’ top four destination states for trafficking human beings. A border state, it has a significant immigrant population. It is the world’s ninth largest economy. International Human Trafficking, a new name for slave trading, has risen considerably as international cartels have expanded their profits beyond running guns and drugs. This criminal activity is primarily operating from Mexico but also from Asia.
Now, with the global effect of the Internet, International Human Trafficking has multiplied exponentially. No place is remote, no victim is inaccessible. And with the ready availability and demand of online pornography, the stakes have risen.
Regarding human trafficking in the state of California . . . Southern California – with its large cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego, as well as Orange County as a whole – is the most active region.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has stated “After drug trafficking, human trafficking is the world’s second most profitable criminal enterprise, a status it shares with illegal arms trafficking.” Armed with such weapons as Megan’s Law, the California DOJ is determined to defeat International Human Trafficking within its borders.
And with the use of RICO, a host of other criminal activities are being targeted as well. To name a few of these: Mail and Wire Fraud, Money Laundering and Overseas Bank Accounts, Internet Crime, Cybercrime, Visa Fraud, Drug Trafficking, Extortion and Coercion, Racketeering and Conspiracy.
Consequently, charges of International Human Trafficking can carry severe and devastating penalties including jail time, heavy fines and a permanent criminal record . . . as well as being shunned by family, friends and coworkers.
The Blanch Law Firm knows even a wild accusation is not easily dismissed or forgotten by society. “Human Trafficker” doesn’t simply wash off, even with proven innocence. Being branded with an alleged crime can be just as devastating as a conviction. A good criminal defense lawyer understands this, fighting vigorously on behalf of a client who may just as well be a victim.
However, human trafficking isn’t so cut and dried as the California DOJ would like to make out . . . and prosecute. It is a very sensitive area of law.
The Blanch Law Firm – its team of international criminal defense attorneys experienced in California and federal criminal law – knows any charge of alleged human trafficking has two stories: the government’s version and the client’s. Our white collar criminal firm, operating hand-in-hand with our clients, is dedicated to revealing the whole story.
Using speed, experience and knowledge, our firm thoroughly investigates. We spend the time to understand and appreciate the facts . . . and the emotional and psychological tolls.
Our firm works closely with our clients in the Southern California region, providing attention and diligence every step of the way. We are determined to provide our clients with the best counsel possible.