Human Trafficking Attorneys in New Mexico and Texas
Human trafficking is a serious crime and violation of human rights, involving force, coercion, or fraud to exploit a person into slave labor or sexual exploitation.
At the Ruhmann Law Firm, our Texas and New Mexico human trafficking lawyers know that while anyone, any age, or socioeconomic standing can be affected, the most vulnerable groups in these criminal enterprises are women and girls.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center has received reports of human trafficking from all 50 states, and Washington D.C., including nearly 52,000 contacts to their hotline last year alone.
By far, the highest number of confirmed human trafficking cases across the U.S. involved sex trafficking, placing these individuals in deplorable circumstances against their will.
The question becomes, how is this criminal enterprise — calculated as a $32 billion a year industry able to prevail in modern-day America?
At the Ruhmann Law Firm, our human trafficking personal injury lawyers in New Mexico and Texas do not handle criminal cases. However, we believe hotels, casinos, resorts, nightclubs, and other establishments across the southwest are allowing human trafficking to continue by profiting from its existence.
If you are a victim of sex trafficking, we may be able to help you hold the establishments that allowed your abuse and confinement to occur by placing profits over human safety liable for your complete financial recovery needs.
Contact our compassionate human trafficking lawyers in Texas and New Mexico today to learn how we can help you take back control of your life today.
How Does Human Trafficking Occur in the United States?
The U.S. Department of State describes human trafficking as an act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts using force, fraud, or coercion.
Men, women, boys, and girls are often forced into human trafficking because of adverse circumstances, including false promises of a better life.
That may include promises of a safer place to live, employment, or pursuing a dream in vibrant industries that offer an often too-good-to-be-true alternative from their current life.
Others may be wooed over social media, online message boards, and websites offering opportunities for companionship, romantic relationships, or bonding friendships.
Instead, the human traffickers use violence and psychological manipulation to control their victims.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Human Trafficking in Texas and New Mexico?
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the hospitality industry provides a significant advantage to human traffickers because of the privacy and anonymity it offers to guests.
And while hotels and motels may be the most obvious enablers of the sex trade, human trafficking can occur in airports, on cruise ships, or inside resorts and nightclubs anywhere across the nation.
Once the victims are in their capture’s clutches, they are restricted to the location, unable to leave, and left to be exploited.
When businesses of any kind look away and ignore what is happening on their premises, their negligent behavior allows sex trafficking to continue, which leads to severe sexual, physical, and psychological abuse that lasts a lifetime.
Businesses including both brick and mortar companies and online platforms that ignore human trafficking for labor, sexual exploitation, or both must be held accountable.
We want to help our clients pursue the justice they deserve by forcing these companies to change their policies, protect their users, and crackdown on suspicious activity.
Contact Our Skilled Human Trafficking Attorneys in New Mexico and Texas Today for a Free Consultation
At the Ruhmann Law Office, we believe everyone can fight back against sex trafficking, and we want to help our clients do exactly that, starting with a free consultation, so they can tell their stories in a private and safe place.
If you are a human trafficking survivor, contact our experienced personal injury lawyers at the Ruhmann Law Firm in Texas at 915-910-5600, New Mexico at 505-388-9500, or online to discuss your case during a free consultation. We are here to help provide the legal representation you need to pursue the liable parties that allowed your abuse to occur, so you can get your life back.