What is Human Trafficking?
Human Trafficking is defined in the Criminal Code as a person who recruits, transports, transfers, receives, holds, conceals or harbours, exercises control, direction, or influence over the movement of a person, for the purpose of exploitation. Therefore a human trafficking charge can arise in a multitude of different scenarios but generally relates to forcing persons into prostitution or as a sex worker.
Exploitation in the context of human trafficking means that the victim provided a service or labour because he or she feared for their safety or the safety of others. Exploitation can also involve using deceit or threat of force to have a person’s organ or tissue removed.
Those charged with Human Trafficking should be aware it is not a defence to argue that a person consented to their exploitation.
Harsher sentences will also be handed down if the trafficked person is under the age of 18.
How much jail time am I facing?
Those charged with human trafficking may be facing imprisonment for life. How much jail time you face depends on a number of factors including whether a firearm was use; a prohibited weapon; age of the victim, and whether this is a first or subsequent offence. My experience as defence counsel, can help you better understand just how much jail you are facing if convicted.
What to do if you’re charged with Human Trafficking?
I am here to help you through the process of being charged with kidnapping or unlawful confinement. My job is to make the process easier for you - to review your case in relation to the charge(s) you are facing - address the court when, and as necessary – deal with the Crown Attorney for your matter – and give you the best defence at trial, or plea resolution possible. Make sure you have a lawyer that understands the law and is prepared to act for you.
You may qualify for Legal Aid: See Legal Aid Ontario Information.
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