Arkansas Human Trafficking Lawyer
From 2007 to 2018, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received reports of 51,919 sex trafficking cases inside the United States, averaging 4,700 cases a year. Instead of reporting these incidents to help the victims find freedom, some companies have ignored or even enabled sex trafficking activities at places such as hotels and truck stops. These companies may have profited either directly or indirectly as traffickers split their earnings or bring in a steady supply of customers. The emotional and physical abuse that victims go through can be excruciating, and if a company knowingly profited off of the suffering and exploitation of any victims of sex trafficking, they should be held accountable as well.
Do I need a sex trafficking lawyer?
We understand the sensitive nature of these cases and want to truly bring justice to those who have suffered from this type of exploitation. The social stigma surrounding human sex trafficking, as well as the fear of abusers and traffickers, can prevent survivors from speaking out about their abuse. In order to protect the victims of these cases, we offer the ability to serve their lawsuits anonymously without revealing their identity. In a civil suit, survivors can talk about what happened to them without having to face the person who abused them. If you have experienced this type of abuse, we can help you and hold businesses accountable for the roles they played.
If you are unsure about your current state and whether or not you are being exploited, contact your local authorities for immediate assistance or call the national human trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
With the variety of businesses that may be profiting from this underground industry, we have the knowledge and authority to hold them accountable for their role in enabling human trafficking. No one should have to go through this alone.
Where Sexual Exploitation Occurs
Hotels and Motels
Unsurprising players in the business are hotels and motels. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), traffickers are drawn to the privacy and anonymity offered by hotels. 73.55% of cases of potential sex trafficking received by the National Human Trafficking Hotline between 2012 and 2016 were for hotel and motel-based sex trafficking. Traffickers may utilize these services in two ways, either by forcing victims to stay in a hotel or motel room to receive customers or sending victims to a room rented by a customer.
Another common location for sex trafficking is truck stops. Their remote positioning along many highways keeps sex trafficking activities out of the sight of law enforcement. It also isolates victims from much of the outside world. Truck stops are attractive locations for sex traffickers as they will often have a steady supply of truckers and travelers willing to pay for sex.
Being hard to detect and sometimes even harder to report, thousands of people both fall victim to what ultimately represents modern-day slavery. Hotels, motels, and truck stops have the moral and legal responsibility to provide a safe environment for their patrons and guests. This includes any individual coming onto the premise for any reason. At the minimum, these facilities should provide some sort of training, surveillance, and security alongside an understanding of how their services can be used for illicit purposes.
The failure of businesses to acknowledge and report instances of human sex trafficking puts them in a position to profit from the increased foot traffic as well as directly from the sales of the victims. Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is seeking to represent victims of sex trafficking against owners of any business who has enabled or profited from this activity.
I am/may be currently in a situation where I am exploited for sexual services or know someone who is. Can you help?
- If this is the case, contact your local authorities immediately. You can also contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or here. https://humantraffickinghotline.org/
Do these hotels and truck stops make money from sex trafficking?
- Whether they know it or not, these hospitality services will profit in some capacity should sex trafficking activities continue on their premises. Some may broker deals with the traffickers in exchange for a cut of the sales. When they knowingly allow or promote the activities to occur on their premises, they are complicit in the act and must be held accountable.
What are you looking to accomplish with these lawsuits?
- Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is seeking reparations for physical and mental injuries as well as any medical care, missed earnings, and continuing pain or suffering resulting from the negligence of these firms.
- Societal change is the main goal of these lawsuits. When hotels and other venues are held liable for their neglect, insurance companies and other entities will begin requiring measures to prevent human trafficking.
NOTE:2019 Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is representing a victim of sex trafficking against a negligent hotel owner. Read more about our involvement.