It is estimated there are 24.9 million victims of human trafficking around the world, and in January the world raises awareness of this problem. Since human trafficking makes an estimated $150 billion for traffickers and other businesses which benefit from the crime, it has been difficult to stop this serious problem.
What is Human Trafficking in Miami?
Human trafficking involves individuals who are forced by traffickers into labor or sex work. Victims can be of any age and come from any background, but all will face abuse and inhumane conditions while they are under the control of traffickers.
Miami is a key location for human trafficking in Florida, in part because it is an international hub and sees a great deal of tourist traffic. Overall, Florida is third in the country when it comes to human trafficking instances, meaning Miami is one of the central points of this crime.
What Can Be Done?
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to stop human trafficking. If you or anyone else you know is approached by anyone who make unrealistic and coercive offers of employment or who tries to bribe you with gifts, report them. There are organizations in Miami who help trafficking victims and who can offer resources. Pursuing charges against those responsible can also help remove perpetrators from the community.
What Can I Do If I Have Survived Human Trafficking in Miami?
If you are a survivor, there are support groups that can help you build a new life, and police can charge those who are responsible. You may also want to consult with a Miami assault injury claims attorney.
As a survivor, you may need counseling and medical services to address the physical injuries and trauma you have suffered. You will also need to rebuild your life. If you have been forced into working for someone else in a trafficking arrangement, you have not been able to work and keep your income, so you will likely be starting over. Seeking compensation can help.
If you qualify for a legal claim, you may be able to seek compensation which can help pay medical bills and can help you build a new life. A lawsuit can also be a way to hold those responsible accountable for what has happened to you. Depending on the details of your case, you may have a claim not only against the traffickers, but also against the businesses who benefited from your abuse. You may have claims against hotels, short-term rentals, airports, and other businesses. Pursuing claims against multiple liable parties can increase the chances of securing fair compensation, which can help you as you heal, seek new work, get a new place to live, and start rebuilding.
If you have been injured and would like to know whether you have a claim, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a compassionate Miami personal injury attorney. Our team has more than 60 years of combined experience and we have recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of thousands of plaintiffs. Our legal firm is dedicated to helping those who have been injured.