The Washington Examiner recently reported that human trafficking in the form of “sex slaves” and “unpaid workers” has become a thriving crime industry in Washington, D.C. Four recent incidents, including a pimp selling his twelve-year-old foster daughter for sex, multiple pimp arrests, teenage prostitution, and underpaying illegal immigrants, have lead officials to believe that Washington D.C sex crimes are growing.
Human trafficking constitutes the recruitment, harboring, transport, or sale of another human for exploitive purposes, such as forced or underpaid labor or sex slavery. New laws in both Maryland and D.C. have aided government officials in understanding the scope of these crimes. However, some politicians fear that these crimes will spread to Virginia.
The growing problem has escalated to a new level. Activists last week were outraged when a known economist had not been charged with trafficking after she admitted to underpaying and threatening her domestic servant. She accepted a plea bargain that permitted her to pay $41,000 to the servant in back wages, if she admitted to lying to FBI during investigations. In this specific case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and a Department of Justice that solely works on human trafficking cases jointly chose not to pursue the charges.
Being accused of a sex crime is a serious matter. Due to the social stigma that typically follows these types of crimes, many people tend to overlook the fact that some individuals are wrongfully accused. If you have been charged with a sex crime in Maryland, you are innocent until proven guilty and still have rights. The experienced Maryland sex crime attorneys at Meng & Alpert, LLC can help build a strong defense and ensure that your rights are protected. Call 866-444-6363 for a free consultation regarding your case.