Human trafficking, specifically the trafficking of children, is a crime that has been getting more and more attention in the media. This means law enforcement agencies are spending more time investigating these cases, and prosecutors are bringing more charges against human traffickers.
Under Wisconsin law, human trafficking is defined as recruiting, enticing, providing or transporting an individual without his or her consent for the purposes of labor or a commercial sex act, and doing so by employing any one from a long list of methods, including:
Furthermore, human trafficking is often charged along with a variety of other crimes, including pimping and pandering, kidnapping, false imprisonment, various forms of battery, and various drug charges. Those additional charges add even greater potential punishment.
Prosecuting and defending charges of human trafficking is very complicated. The other criminal charges that often accompany a human trafficking charge add even greater complexity. The attorneys at Nicholson Goetz & Otis, S.C., have extensive experience dealing with human trafficking charges, both defending them and prosecuting them. As a result, we are extremely familiar with all aspects of the human trafficking statute, the methods law enforcement uses to detect, investigate, and charge human trafficking, and the legal defenses available to those charged.