Sex trafficking is a criminal enterprise that involves forcing individuals to perform commercial sex acts without their consent. Many people engaged in trafficking activities are operating under the purview of an organized business or entity. They slip underneath the legal radar until a brave whistleblower can sound the alarm by alerting authorities.
Sadly, although sex trafficking and human trafficking are illegal in California and throughout the United States, children and adults are still subject to trafficking in San Francisco and other California cities. If you or a loved one is a sex trafficking survivor, the San Francisco sex trafficking lawyers at Greenberg Gross LLP will help you fight for justice against the people and organizations responsible.
Our Sex Trafficking Attorneys Will Defend Your Legal Rights in San Francisco, CA
The sex trafficking attorneys at Greenberg Gross have successfully represented hundreds of survivors in negotiations and at trial. We are accustomed to handling highly complex, high-profile cases, and we will not hesitate to pursue powerful entities responsible for sex trafficking operations.
We understand that each sex trafficking survivor faces unique challenges. That’s why we focus on learning each individual story and tailoring each case to meet your particular needs. With extensive experience handling complex litigation and federal prosecution, we are well-versed in the criminal and civil proceedings surrounding high-stakes sex trafficking cases.
How Greenberg Gross Can Assist With Your San Francisco Sex Trafficking Claim
When a survivor goes to court against a sex trafficking individual or entity, it helps to have a strong San Francisco sex trafficking attorney for support and guidance. A lawyer who has handled a variety of sex trafficking cases can provide knowledge, experience, and resources critical for facing large-scale sex trafficking operations, and those entities facilitate and shield such operations.
Our dedicated sex trafficking lawyers will:
- Seek evidence to establish that the trafficking occurred
- Conduct a thorough investigation of individuals and organizations involved in the trafficking
- Provide trusted resources for survivors to seek mental and physical healthcare
- Establish the financial value of all damages associated with sex trafficking activities
- Engage in negotiations with all at-fault parties to obtain just compensation for the survivor’s losses
- Take the responsible parties to civil court if a negotiated settlement cannot be reached
The California sexual abuse attorneys at Greenberg Gross will support you throughout the legal process, from your initial consultation through negotiations and in the courtroom.
What Is Considered Sex Trafficking in San Francisco, CA?
Sex trafficking is a form of human trafficking that involves compelling adults or children to perform commercial sex acts against their will. According to the U.S. Department of State, a perpetrator can be convicted of sex trafficking if they use coercive, fraudulent, or forceful activities to compel an adult to engage in commercial sex acts.
In any case where a child under 18 is involved in any sex acts, there is no need to prove that the acts were compelled using fraud, coercion, or force. Child sex trafficking is illegal regardless of the means by which they were compelled to engage in commercial sex acts.
Establishing Liability in San Francisco Sex Trafficking Cases
Sex trafficking often involves more than one perpetrator, and sometimes consists of networks directly or indirectly supported by companies, businesses, and institutions. Entities that passively play a role in sex trafficking include hospitality and service facilities like hotels and motels, campgrounds, truck stops, and gas stations. Such entities may turn a blind eye to sex trafficking in order to make more money.
Other businesses may be fronts for sex trafficking activities, including massage parlors, skin care businesses, spas, and adult entertainment venues. Finally, sex trafficking can involve landlords or property managers who facilitate or participate in sex trafficking operations by pressuring tenants to provide commercial sexual favors in exchange for housing or by allowing prostitution and other illicit commercial activities to occur on the premises.
Sex Trafficking Is Prevalent in San Francisco and California
Despite the extreme illegality of the enterprise, sex trafficking is unfortunately common in San Francisco and throughout California. Per the California Attorney General’s office, 1,336 sex trafficking cases were reported in California in 2018 alone.
A 2017 study on Human Trafficking in San Francisco conducted by the City and County of San Francisco Department on the Status of Women identified 673 cases of sex trafficking in San Francisco during 2017.
To combat the prevalence of sex trafficking, California passed Proposition 35 in 2012. The measure supplements existing state and federal laws against sex trafficking with heavier penalties and additional preventive measures.
Filing a Civil Lawsuit for a San Francisco Sex Trafficking Claim
While criminals are typically brough up on sex trafficking charges on a state or federal level, these proceedings focus on convicting and punishing criminals. Unfortunately, criminal convictions do not always help survivors of trafficking recover from the physical, psychological, and financial challenges they face as a result of trafficking.
Fortunately, California CIV § 52.5 allows survivors to file a civil claim against the responsible parties to recover financial compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one has been a victim of sex trafficking in San Francisco or anywhere in California, our attorneys can help you seek damages, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Medical equipment, medication, and other treatments
- Mental anguish
- Punitive damages
Greenberg Gross can help you determine which damages you can incorporate into your San Francisco sex trafficking claim. Our goal is to ensure that you receive substantial compensation for the difficulties you experienced.
Reach Out to Our San Francisco Sex Trafficking Lawyers Today
Sex trafficking is a highly personal traumatic experience, and survivors deserve to be represented by attorneys who passionately seek justice against all parties involved in sex trafficking activities. Let us help you in making sure any liable parties involved in your trafficking experience are held accountable.
If you or a loved one are in need of legal support in a San Francisco sex trafficking case, contact the compassionate legal team at Greenberg Gross today to schedule a free consultation. The sooner you contact one of our lawyers the sooner we can start fighting on your behalf.