Kidnapping is when a person takes another person without their consent, typically with force or fraud. Luring is when a person orders another person, such as a minor or adult with developmental disabilities, to an obscure place or inaccessible place. Washington State criminalizes both kidnapping and luring, as well as the crime of “trafficking.”

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is the crime of forcing individuals into:

  • Involuntary servitude;
  • Forced labor;
  • Sex for profit; or
  • Anything that will lead to the person’s death.

Why was I Charged with Trafficking in the First Degree in Washington State?

There are different ways for a person to be charged with first degree trafficking. But overall, first degree trafficking requires that the defendant coerced or forced another person into a situation where they must perform acts against their well for the profit of others. This includes involuntary servitude, forced labor, and even taking a person to illegally harvest and sell their organs.

But the most well known way a defendant can be guilty of trafficking is when they are transporting, obtaining, providing, harboring, or recruiting another person to engage in sex acts through fraud and/or coercion.

What’s the Punishment for Trafficking in the First Degree?

Trafficking in the first degree is a class A felony. A defendant convicted could face life in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000.

Should I Obtain a Lawyer to Help Me?

Yes. Contact a washington criminal lawyer to represent you regarding your trafficking charge.