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Human trafficking: FAQs answered by our criminal solicitor
22 Apr 2022

Being involved in certain types of crime, like shoplifting, may seem to have few victims. But one of the most harmful criminal activities which exists across the UK, and indeed the world, is that of slavery.

Slavery is a type of crime that can destroy lives and is one of the most serious crimes that you can be accused of being involved in. In this article, we will look at one of the most common types of slavery that occurs today; human trafficking.

At ABV Solicitors, our criminal solicitor will always aim to defend your interests. If you have been accused of human trafficking or your business has been accused of profiting from slavery, we will work to have the charges dropped.

In this short article, our criminal solicitor tackles some of the questions that we receive from clients relating to human trafficking charges, so you can get a clearer insight into what is involved legally.

What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is a globally recognised crime, which is considered extremely serious.

It trades in the buying and selling of people and exploits them.

Traffickers use threats, violence and even false job adverts to attract people to be trafficked and according to our criminal solicitor, traffickers usually have an organised network that supports these operations.

What should I do if I am accused of human trafficking?

If you have been accused of trafficking, being linked to an organisation that traffics, or your company has been exposed as having links to human trafficking, you need to seek legal advice urgently from our team at ABV Solicitors.

Human trafficking accusations carry with them heavy stigma and can ruin a business if it is thought to have been involved in such an activity, so please call us for advice and representation as soon as possible.

How can you prove that someone has been involved in human trafficking?

In cases that involve a person being involved in human trafficking activities, most police or agencies will work on a tip-off to start with; this is often known as a sting operation.

To be identified as being involved in such criminal activities usually occurs when someone who is arrested in the original sting names an organisation or people with whom they have been working.

This and other evidence such as emails and text messages can also highlight that someone has been involved in human trafficking and can be used as evidence in court.

If your name has simply been dropped in and you are innocent of involvement in these activities, then our team will use their expertise to have the charges dropped and to ensure that your side of the story is told.

What is the sentence for this crime?

In the UK in 2022, the sentence for human trafficking is 14 years imprisonment and you may be asked to pay a fine of undetermined value.

Therefore, if you or your company have been implicated in human trafficking allegations, you need to seek legal advice from our team as soon as possible, so we can begin to build your defence.

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