Human Sex Trafficking Lawsuit


We often hear of human trafficking but often dismiss it as something that happens overseas. No matter where you are in the United States, sex trafficking is happening right in your backyard. There are so many cases that are happening across every state and human trafficking for sexual exploitation and/or forced labor has been described as the fastest growing crime in the world by the Department of Defense and other organizations. 

Human Trafficking in America 

This map shows just a fraction of the data we have on human trafficking in the United States of America. 

On a global scale, UNICEF estimates that there are around 21 million trafficked people around the world. This includes 5.5 million children.

Here, in the United States, more than 49,000 total cases of human trafficking have been reported to humantraffickinghotline.org over the past 10 years and they receive an average of 150 phone calls per day. Those cases are defined as “situations of human trafficking” so those cases may involve more than one victim.

What is Sex Trafficking?      

There are multiple types or sex trafficking from escort services, residential or outdoor solicitation to combinations of sex and labor trafficking which include illicit massage businesses, bars, strip clubs and other illicit activities. 

Human trafficking is defined as:

the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

In the case of sex trafficking, that exploitation includes, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation.

Sex trafficking victims also appear to be from all different backgrounds ranging from all races and socio-economic backgrounds including girls/women from middle class or wealthier households.

Where Does the Exploitation Happen?

Common venues for acts of human trafficking are commercially operated truck stops and hotel/motels due to their remote locations and discretion. Although these locations do not participate in human trafficking, these companies knowingly participate in it by fostering complicit environments which encourage these types of crimes. 

This is a heatmap of cases of human trafficking recorded by Polaris with data from humantraffickinghotline.org. Keep in mind, one case could involve multiple victims. 

How Are the Hospitality industry and truck stops involved?

These venues are fully aware of what to look for thanks to the Blue Campaign, Truckers Against Trafficking, Polaris and countless other organizations and awareness groups specifically focusing on human trafficking.

As businesses open to the public, commercially-operated truck stops and hotel/motels are obligated to invest financial resources to ensure a safe environment for its patrons and customers. An effort should be made to install video surveillance equipment, install proper lighting, hire security personnel and install postage/signage in areas on its property where acts of human trafficking are or might be occurring.

By failing to do so and failing to train its employees to identify acts of human trafficking, commercially-operated truck stops and hotel/motels financially benefit through increased sales and lower operating costs at its locations. 

Additionally, such inactions create an atmosphere enticing to human traffickers and individuals who seek to exploit victims for sex and/or labor resulting in said increased sales and profits at their locations.  Over time, as locations where acts of human trafficking occur become more well-known, the frequency of human trafficking and individuals who seek to exploit victims for sex and/or labor increases simultaneously increasing sales and profits at their locations.

We'll Help Victims Fight Against Those Who Have Exploited Them

At Douglas & London, we want to stop sex trafficking and empower victims to fight back against those institutions that have turned a blind eye to what’s happening under their roofs.

If you or someone you know was a victim of sex trafficking, you may be entitled to compensation. Please, contact us today online or on the phone at (212) 566-7500 for a free and confidential discussion. 

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