CRIMINAL LAW IN TENNESSEE - HUMAN TRAFFICKING


04 Aug

HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS BEING ATTACKED AT BOTH THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS.  UNDER THE FEDERAL TRAFFICKING VICTIMS PROTECTION ACT (TVPA) OF 2000, SEX AND LABOR TRAFFICKING ARE CONSIDERED SEVERE FORMS OF TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS.  SEX TRAFFICKING IS DEFINED AS A COMMERCIAL SEX ACT INDUCED BY FORCE, FRAUD, OR COERCION OR IN WHICH THE PERSON INDUCED TO PERFORM SUCH AN ACT HAS NOT ATTAINED 18 YEARS OF AGE.  LABOR TRAFFICKING IS DEFINED AS THE RECRUITMENT, HARBORING, TRANSPORTATION, PROVISION, OR OBTAINING OF A PERSON FOR LABOR OR SERVICES, THROUGH THE USE OF FORCE, FRAUD, OR COERCION FOR THE PURPOSES OF SUBJECTION TO INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE, PEONAGE, DEBT BONDAGE, OR SLAVERY.


ON THE STATE LEVEL, TCA SECTION 39-13-314 DEFINES A “HUMAN TRAFFICKING OFFENSE” AS THE COMMISSION OF ANY ACT THAT CONSTITUTES THE CRIMINAL OFFENSE OF INVOLUNTARY LABOR SERVITUDE, TRAFFICKING PERSONS FOR FORCED LABOR OR SERVICES, TRAFFICKING FOR COMMERCIAL SEX ACT OR PROMOTING THE PROSTITUTION OF A MINOR.


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