Human trafficking is on the rise across the United States, and The Lanier Law Firm is devoting its full resources to ensuring that those who exploit others are held accountable and provide restitution and compensation.
The statistics are shocking: Tens of thousands of people are exploited for the sex trade or forced labor in the U.S. every year. Fueled by greed, human trafficking has become a $32 billion criminal enterprise, second only to the drug trade in illicit revenue.
Too often, the criminal justice system fails survivors. Restitution funds administered by the criminal justice system suffer from haphazard management and inconsistent use, leaving victims vulnerable and unable to move on with their lives. Our team is committed to using the civil justice system to obtain restitution and financial compensation, not just from traffickers but also from third parties that are complicit and benefit from the criminal operations.
Currently, we are investigating potential cases involving the following organizations and businesses:
- Hotels and motels
- Restaurants, truck stops, bars and nightclubs
- Religious cults
- Labor recruiters
- Online publications, websites, message boards and software vendors
Parties are liable when they facilitate or turn a blind eye to the illegal behavior, such as failing to establish or enforce policies forbidding human trafficking, failing to train employees and failing to report security threats.
Civil law allows survivors to seek restitution for actual damages, as well as compensation for mental anguish, court costs and attorney’s fees. In addition, we build cases that hold defendants jointly and severally liable, which means that each defendant can be held liable for the total amount of damages arising from the trafficking.
The Lanier Law Firm is working with criminal prosecutors to identify businesses and corporations that are facilitating human trafficking. If you have any information or would like to refer a case, please contact us immedietly.
Working together, we can ensure that survivors’ rights are preserved, including their access to restitution and compensation.