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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking cases are on the rise in Iowa. In 2017, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received 218 calls from Iowa alone. The mounting pressure to convict traffickers has caused the State Attorney’s office to aggressively prosecute each human trafficking case. Additionally, the penalties for human trafficking are incredibly severe and could have a life-long impact. If you’re convicted for human trafficking, then you’ll face a felony and receive time in prison.

The serious penalties associated with human trafficking means you must act quickly. The faster you gain legal representation, the more time you will have dedicated to building your defense.

If you or someone you know has been charged with human trafficking, find a reputable and skilled criminal defense attorney at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C.

Human Trafficking Defense Attorney in Des Moines, Iowa

It can be difficult to defend a person against human trafficking charges. The stigma associated with human trafficking often influences both the jury and judge’s decision making, and therefore could hurt the defendant’s case. If you have been charged with human trafficking or another serious violent crime in the state of Iowa, we urge you to contact our skilled defense attorneys at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C..

Get started on your defense as soon as possible with McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. Our attorney’s decades of experience will give you the advantage you need when fighting your human trafficking charges. Set up your first consultation with McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. by calling (515) 279-9700. McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. accepts clients throughout the greater Des Moines area including cities in Polk County and Dallas County.

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Definitions for Human Trafficking Under the Iowa Code

Human trafficking is when a person has been forced into labor, sexual slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, marriages, or other forms of servitude that would be considered a type of slavery. To understand the crime and penalties for human trafficking, you must first learn the definitions behind the offense. Listed below are the various definitions for legal terms associated with human trafficking under the Iowa Code.

 

 

 

 

Additionally, human trafficking can also be defined as knowingly purchasing or attempting to purchase services involving commercial sexual activity from a victim or another person engaged in a human trafficking scheme. 


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What Are the Penalties for Human Trafficking in Iowa?

The consequences upon conviction for human trafficking could potentially uproot your life. If the court finds any of the following to be true, you’ll be charged with a class D felony.

A class D felony is punishable by: 

If any of the following is proven in court, your charge will be enhanced to a class C felony.

The penalties for a class C felony include:

Engaging in human trafficking with a victim under the age of 18 by causing serious physical injury or threatening to cause serious physical injury is a class B felony. The maximum prison sentence for a class B felony is up to 25 years.


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Additional Resources

Office to Combat Human Trafficking | Iowa DPS – Visit the official website for the Iowa Department of Public Safety to learn more about their objective to stop human trafficking in Iowa. Access the report to learn more about their investigative techniques, human trafficking statistics in Iowa, their planned response to the increase in human trafficking cases, and more. 

Human Trafficking Laws in Iowa – Visit the official website for the Iowa Legal Code to learn more about their human trafficking laws. Access the site to learn about the penalties for human trafficking, the consequences for solicitation of commercial sexual activity, and other information that may be relevant to you and your case. 


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Defense Attorney for Human Trafficking in Des Moines, IA

If you or someone you know has been accused of human trafficking, it’s within your best interest to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney like the legal team at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. Our skilled criminal defense attorneys can investigate every aspect of your case and begin building a sturdy defense immediately. Don’t wait another moment to protect your freedoms and future. Contact the attorneys at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. today for experienced legal representation. 

To set up your first consultation with McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C., call our offices at (515) 279-9700 today. McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. accepts clients throughout the greater Des Moines county area including Polk County and Dallas County.


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