A number of federal laws criminalize human trafficking. The Mann Act criminalizes the transportation of individuals across state lines for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex.
The Trafficking Victims Protection act gives federal prosecutors a number of tools to prevent human trafficking. It established human trafficking and related offenses as federal crimes. It also provides for restitution for human trafficking victims.
In 2003, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act added human trafficking to the list of crimes that can be prosecuted as a Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute.
In 2008, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act increased criminal punishments for human trafficking.
Human trafficking is a serious and complicated accusation. These statutes carry significant punishment ranges and are zealously prosecuted. Our attorneys include former federal prosecutors and Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists (the highest designation a criminal law practitioner can have in Texas). You can reach us at (817) 203-2220.