Trafficking in persons, also simply known as “trafficking”, is a sex crime in the state of Connecticut. Trafficking in persons is a crime governed by Connecticut General Statutes § 53a-192a. On this page, I will provide more information regarding this crime in the event that you have been charged with it. You can learn more about how this crime is defined, potential penalties, and what to do if charged.
What is Trafficking in Persons?
In Connecticut, the statute gives three definition of what it means to commit trafficking in persons. They are the following:
(1) A person compels or induces another person to engage in conduct involving sexual contact with one or more third persons or to provide labor or services that the victim has a legal right not to have to do by means of:
a. the use of force against a person or third person or threat of use of force;
(2) A person compels or induces another person who is under eighteen years of age to engage in sexual contact with one or more third persons. In this case, the third person(s) could also be charged with a criminal offense.
(3) A person commits sex trafficking.
There are many terms mentioned in the above definitions that need clarification. While you might have an idea of what “sexual contact” or “intimate parts” mean, these terms are defined by law. Understanding the legal definition can help you understand your charge and how to defend yourself against it.
Connecticut General Statute defines “sexual contact” as any contact with another person’s intimate parts.
First, consider the term “sex trafficking”. It refers to the recruitment of, holding, and transportation of persons so that they can engage in sexual conduct with someone else for money.
Finally, “intimate parts” is defined by the statute. “Intimate parts” refer to the groin, genital area, inner thighs, anus, bodily fluids that come from the genitals, breasts, and buttocks. Conn. Gen, Stat. § 53a-65(8) (2019).
What are the Penalties of Trafficking in Persons?
Trafficking in persons is a class A felony. Class A felonies carry a minimum prison sentence of ten years and maximum of twenty-five years. In addition, the fine that can be imposed is up to $25,000. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-35a (2019); Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-41 (2019).
A trafficking of persons charge in Connecticut is very serious. You could face heavy fines as well as a significant prison sentence. If you have been charged with this crime, you need to get help. You can do so by contacting a criminal defense lawyer who has worked with sex crime defense before. At our firm, our lawyers have defended sex crimes and can assist with your situation. Call our office to schedule a free consultation and learn more.