Ohio Human Trafficking Attorney reviewing illegal labor operations and sex trafficking for victims and plaintiffs across the country
It’s not an uncommon story: immigrants and migrant workers are offered appealing job offers from overseas and take a risk in search of better opportunities. But far too often, the jobs and employers are not what they were told. The work may not even resemble anything like the initial offer. Migrant farm workers are often paid far less than what they were promised. Young women who were told they would work in a salon or at a restaurant are often held in far more precarious situations, and forced into the sex trade and to work until their “debts” are paid in full.
Human trafficking cases and sex trafficking are under the radar for most Americans, and employers and labor recruiters in this dark segment of America often prey on immigrants with no choice but to capitulate to their demands. Living conditions in some work placement programs can be dire, and pay may be very low or held without recourse. Immigrant workers have reported that their employers hold their passports, threaten legal action and control their lives.
Joe Lyon is a Labor Lawyer and Ohio Human Trafficking Attorney investigating illegal work placement programs, and unlawful employment practices for immigrants and victims of sex trafficking.
Sexual Exploitation & Sex Trafficking
In 2017, almost 9,000 cases of sexual exploitation, sex trafficking or forced prostitution in the U.S. were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, according to data collected by the Polaris Project. These numbers are likely a low estimate of the total number of sex trafficking cases as most cases go unreported.
Modern slavery and sex trafficking are highly lucrative for those in the nefarious trade and though most people don’t want to believe such awful syndicates are so widespread, they still thrive today.
Many young women who are targeted in the U.S. and across the globe are immigrants seeking better employment opportunities and stumble into very bad work placement programs and situations that are almost impossible to escape. Victims should urgently seek assistance from legal authorities and contact an Ohio Human Trafficking Attorney to learn about the legal options available.
Human Trafficking & Sex Trafficking Laws
Sexual exploitation, forced prostitution and sex trafficking can take place in many forms. Some foreigners and immigrants are placed by employers in salons and spas that cater to mostly male clients that engage in sexual acts under the pretense of massage services.
Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, made headlines this year after authorities investigated a massage parlor in Florida. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act defines human trafficking as the following:
- Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion
- The person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age
- The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of involuntary servitude or slavery
Internet sex trafficking has grown steadily with the advent of various Web capabilities. Human and sex trafficking offenders and predators have been known to recruit, trap, solicit and sell young victims. The commercial sexual exploitation of children is abhorrent and your Ohio Human Trafficking Attorney is dedicated to helping victims and bringing offenders to justice.
The Lyon Firm can recover unpaid wages in labor disputes and unfair labor practices lawsuits.
Farm Labor Trafficking & Fair Employment Laws
Many labor trafficking victims are immigrants who are employed by agriculture operation and farms. Though many non-American citizens are taken advantage of and think they have little legal recourse. However, an Ohio Human Trafficking Attorney can help file lawsuits against offending parties.
Damages under the Trafficking Victim’s Protection Act (TVPA) state that plaintiffs may be entitled to both compensatory and punitive damages. “Section 1595 creates a civil cause of action that permits victims of trafficking to recover compensatory and punitive damages from individuals who violate the TVPA.”
Emotional distress damages are also a form of compensatory damages and are recoverable in a private cause of action. Plaintiff can seek multiple emotional distress awards for different violations of the TVPA.
The TVPA also mandates that the greater of the gross income or value to the defendant of the victim’s services or labor or the value of the victim’s labor as guaranteed under the minimum wage and overtime guarantees of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Labor Recruiter Lawsuit
In a high-profile lawsuit filed against a labor recruiter, Gulf Coast shipyards were targeted in an illegal labor recruitment scheme in order to fix oil rigs following Hurricane Katrina. Signal International, Inc. used a labor recruiter to almost 500 workers from India.
The workers were promised a green card, but once in America the workers were exploited and forced to live in deplorable conditions and worked for a low wage. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a class action labor lawsuit on behalf of the workers, which included claims under the TVPA. The first trial resulted in a $14 million verdict for five workers—the first labor trafficking verdict and the largest labor trafficking verdict of any kind.
Ohio Human Trafficking Attorney
The Lyon Firm is a Cincinnati, Ohio personal injury and consumer protection law firm representing victims and plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of human trafficking and sex trafficking cases. Filing lawsuits can recover rightful compensation, and can bring trafficking predators and labor trafficking rackets to justice.
If you or a loved one has suffered labor or sex trafficking violations, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, an Ohio human trafficking attorney, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding job placement and labor trafficking lawsuits.