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Arkansas Sex Trafficking Lawyer

Survivors of sex trafficking have faced some of the worst trauma imaginable. Yet, even once they have escaped their abusers, sex trafficking survivors often find the criminal justice system and the civil justice system daunting and traumatic as well.

It can be scary to seek justice after the trauma of abuse. That is why survivors need a compassionate and experienced law firm on their side from the start. Survivors deserve justice and sex traffickers and the institutions that harbored them deserve to pay for the harm they have inflicted.

From 2007 to 2018, the National Human Trafficking Hotline 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 survivors 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 survivors go through can be excruciating, and if a company knowingly profited off of the suffering and exploitation of any survivors of sex trafficking, they should be held accountable as well.

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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 survivors 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. We can do this in a private and compassionate way, so you can seek the justice you deserve.

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 sex trafficking.

No one should have to go through this alone. Fortunately, you do not have to. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our sex trafficking attorneys will be with you every step of the way to guide you through the legal process.

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 them to a room rented by a customer.

Truck Stops

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.

Corporate responsibility

Being hard to detect and sometimes even harder to report, thousands of people 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 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 sex trafficking sales.

Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is seeking to represent survivors of sex trafficking against owners of any business who has enabled or profited from this activity.

Sex Trafficking Whistleblowers

People working in these industries may have witnessed sex trafficking occurring on the premises. If corporations and management do not stop and report this illegal activity, employees and others should take action. Whistleblowers are critical to helping ensure the safety of sex trafficking victims. They also hold companies accountable for turning a blind eye to harmful wrongdoing.

Rainwater, Holt & Sexton attorneys work closely with whistleblowers to protect them during the legal process. We also ensure that the sensitive information they provide is guarded and protected. We know that being a whistleblower is scary, but the information you provide could save lives and ensure the safety of future generations as well.

FAQ

I am/may be currently in a situation where I am exploited for sexual services or know someone who is. Can you help?

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 is the goal of these lawsuits?

  • – Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is seeking to help survivors recover 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 venues.
  • – 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.

At Rainwater Holt & Sexton, we care about survivors of sex trafficking.

We want to help survivors feel whole again, and we can do this by helping them seek justice. We know that it is difficult for survivors to relive the trauma and fight back. That is why we help guide them through the process gently, offering them privacy, compassion, and assistance every step of the way.

If you are a survivor of sex trafficking, we want to hear your story. We might be able to help you recover the money you need to put your life back together again. While we know that no amount of money could ever undue the trauma you have suffered, we can help ensure that your future is brighter.

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