March 26, 2012
Key West Sex Crimes Lawyers :: Authorities Charge Man with Sex Trafficking – First Such Arrest in Monroe County
Whittel & Melton, LLC 1-866-608-5LAW (5529) – Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys
Key West has been placed in the limelight after authorities in the Florida Keys made their first arrest in Monroe County for sex trafficking.
According to the sheriff’s office spokeswoman, a man was arrested Saturday for allegedly forcing a North Carolina woman into having sex for money.
The woman told detectives the man provided her a place to stay and drugs in exchange for money she earned from sexual encounters he set up for her. The woman also told authorities the man set her up with a job at a strip club.
The woman claims the man threatened to beat her if she did not make money for him.
The woman apparently moved to the Keys in February with her boyfriend.
Human trafficking is basically a more modern term for slavery, involving the sale, trade or transfer of a human being for labor purposes or sexual exploitation. Human trafficking victims are usually obtained through coercion, violence or threats, as well as the promise of a better lifestyle through a job opportunity. Human trafficking is a very serious offense. Along with the possibility of a prison term up to 15 years, you may also be required to register as a sex offender for life.
This is a very difficult area of law to defend, and if you have been arrested on charges related to human trafficking, you will need a Florida Sex Crime Attorney to protect your best interests both inside and outside the courtroom. In order to protect the integrity of your case, it is best to acquire legal representation immediately. The penalties associated with human trafficking charges can escalate quickly due to the fact that this crime usually involves violations of other state and federal laws. Your freedom relies on an aggressive defense strategy implemented as early on in the process as possible. The Florida Sex Crimes Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are familiar with the complexities that surround Florida and federal human trafficking laws and stand ready to attack the charges brought against you.
If you suspect you are under investigation for human trafficking or have been arrested anywhere in the state of Florida, contact the Florida Sex Crimes Lawyers at Whittel & Melton online or reach us statewide and toll-free by dialing 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).