What is Human Trafficking? It is defined as forcing, exploiting or coercing a person to provide labor or services, or to engage in sex acts for money. Human Trafficking is a serious crime; and one which is often hidden in plain sight.
Who are the victims of human trafficking? Victims can be children or adults. They can be people who were abducted, coerced, deceived or threatened. They can be foreigners, brought to this country through illegal networks, or Americans taken from their homes, or found on the streets, to fulfill a nefarious purpose for the person(s) or entities holding them in bondage.
Survivors of human trafficking may seek to pursue a criminal action against the perpetrator(s) of these crimes. Through the criminal process in Delaware, the prosecutor may seek restitution on behalf of the victim. Although Delaware law requires that restitution be paid to a crime victim, the dollar amount ordered by the Judge may depend upon the zealousness of the prosecutor in proving the losses, proof of the perpetrator’s criminal guilt, and his/her ability to pay.
Survivors of human trafficking are not limited to the criminal justice system. There are two tracks through which you can seek justice in the United States, and you may be able to take power back by pursuing a claim through the civil justice system. The civil justice system does not limit the victim to a sole recovery from the perpetrator; but also allows the survivor to seek remedies from the negligent people, institutions, businesses and other third-party entities that enabled the perpetrator, allowing the crimes to occur.
Murphy & Landon has a dedicated team of attorneys and paralegals who proudly represent crime victims and survivors of sexual abuse in direct claims against their perpetrators (criminal perpetrators of sexual abuse) and negligent massage spas, churches, schools, businesses and other third-party entities.
When you are ready to speak with us, our attorneys can discuss the rights and remedies available to you. We will explain the civil legal system, as well as what you can expect, so that you can decide whether pursuing a civil claim is the right fit for you on your journey to recovery.