A human trafficking lawyer in Georgia can help fight for justice and your freedom if you or a loved one is a victim of any type of human trafficking.
A human trafficking attorney can help if you or a loved one is a victim of human trafficking, whether for sex, labor, or other purposes. Victims are often fearful of fighting back, but with a lawyer on your side, you can exercise your rights, stop the trafficking from continuing and harming others, and receive compensation for the harm done to you.
Georgia laws and processes for recovering damages are complex, but the human trafficking lawyers at The Stoddard Firm know the laws and the system, and have the resources and the know-how to protect victims while holding the perpetrators accountable through a lawsuit. Even if the incident happened years ago, it is not too late to fight for justice and compensation. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation at 470-467-2200. There are no fees to you unless we win your case.
In cases of this nature, it takes our experienced law firm to help get justice for each victim of a sex trafficking crime. Matthew Stoddard knows what is required to win these delicate cases and will fight on your behalf.
Human trafficking might sound like a problem that exists exclusively in developing countries that lack a strong, centralized government and adequate worker protection laws, but unfortunately, both sex and labor trafficking are problems in Georgia and elsewhere in the U.S. As a result, it is important that victims of trafficking be aware that they have legal options available.
The Stoddard Firm is dedicated to ending the violence and oppression of human trafficking by empowering its survivors – helping them seek justice and taking economic resources away from anyone who benefits from trafficking. Anyone who is making money off the plight of human trafficking victims should be held accountable. The Stoddard Firm is eager to talk to anyone who was a victim of:
The Stoddard Firm is seeking victims of sex trafficking who are interested in bringing civil lawsuits against the (i) trafficker; (ii) hotels, apartments, and massage parlors where the trafficking occurred, (iii) any bank that knowingly accepted / laundered the trafficker’s money, and (iv) any classified internet advertising website that solicited the trafficking. These lawsuits can be brought using only the victim’s initials, to protect their privacy, and it is okay if the trafficking happened many years ago, as it often takes a survivor six or seven years before they are able to talk about what happened to them.
Sex trafficking is a serious problem internationally, nationally, and right here in Georgia. A 2014 study by the Urban Institute found that Atlanta’s illegal sex trade generated nearly $290 million a year, with some traffickers making $32,000 a week.
Traffickers use several tactics to exploit young people, including violence, threats, debt, and coercion.
The young women who get trapped in this vicious system are often too intimidated by traffickers to look for a way out. Georgia authorities can be lenient if a girl is willing to go to a safe home, but far too many young people are frightened by the threat of retaliation. At the Stoddard Firm, we urge you to reach out to our team to learn what can be done to ensure your safety or the safety of your loved one.
The Stoddard Firm is also seeking victims of labor trafficking who are interested in bringing civil lawsuits against any company that used force or threats as a means of keeping laborers at work. These cases often involve immigrants who entered the country on work visas, have their paperwork taken by their employers, and thereafter face employer threats of ejection from the country unless they work long hours for little pay.
It is unsettling for Americans to realize that slavery is not something from the history books, but rather is a reality found in the underhanded business practices of some modern-day United States employers. Labor trafficking does not only happen abroad, the system also exists within our borders. In some cases, immigrant workers pay traffickers recruitment fees and, thus, are indebted to their traffickers and entered into a system resembling indentured servitude.
Of the more than 20 million forced laborers worldwide, it is unclear just how prevalent this abuse of labor is in the United States. Because the system is inherently “under the table” and hidden from the view of the law, tracking labor trafficking is especially difficult for authorities.
How We Can Help Victims of Human Trafficking in Georgia
With both sex trafficking and labor trafficking, the Stoddard Firm has resources and relationships that can help immigrant victims apply to stay in the country legally through special visa programs. And as mentioned above, the lawsuits can often avoid disclosure of the victim’s name.
Victims of these morally reprehensible practices often do not realize that they have legal protections available. Sex trafficking victims might feel as though they themselves are breaking the law and fear legal repercussions. Forced laborers might also feel that coming forward about their situation will put them in legal jeopardy. However, no one should be subjected to human trafficking, and we firmly believe that victims should be protected and traffickers should be held accountable for their actions.
Because victims of human trafficking fear retaliation from traffickers and the authorities, we go to great lengths to avoid disclosure of our clients’ names. We strongly encourage you to reach out to the Stoddard Firm for help if you or a loved one has become the victim of human trafficking.
Reaching out to us is free. Please give us a call or contact us online so we can answer your questions and discuss how the Stoddard Firm can partner with you to fight back against human trafficking.
”Matt Stoddard is fantastic. He is very responsive. After I told him what happened to me, he explained that I was going to have a hard time finding a lawyer because there was not much money at stake. Then, because he knew I was in a bind, he helped me for free. With every decision in my case, he explained his strategy, and every time, the other side acted exactly how he predicted. I couldn’t be happier. Just a great lawyer, and a really nice guy too.” – Rebecca Moore (Google Review)
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The 2019 creation of Georgia’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit has allowed for much more effective follow-through on local sex trafficking cases.
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Investigating and building a human trafficking case takes time, and the sooner you contact the human trafficking attorneys at The Stoddard Firm, the sooner we can get to work on your behalf to stop trafficking from continuing and to protect you and other victims from harm.
Matt Stoddard, the founder of The Stoddard Firm, began his career working for years defending the world’s largest appliance manufacturers in serious injury and wrongful death product liability cases. That experience makes him a strong legal strategist and powerful litigator. He now uses those skills to represent victims injured by the harmful actions of others, including human traffickers and sex traffickers. Our legal team will take the time to carefully examine the details of your case and find the best way to move forward to keep you safe and to obtain justice. We have an aggressive approach which, combined with personal attention, gets results. Call us today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation at 470-467-2200.