Human Sex Trafficking

Businesses, such as hotels and truck stops, have long turned a blind eye to sex trafficking occurring on their premises, because they benefit when their services are used and paid for. Any company that profits from the suffering and exploitation of a sex trafficking victim should be held accountable. If you are a victim of sex trafficking, our experienced attorneys are here to help and discuss your legal options.

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National Human Trafficking Hotline

If you or someone you know is currently being trafficked, you can get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline: call 1-888-373-7888, text HELP to BEFREE (233733), or email help@humantraffickinghotline.org.

How We Can Help

It can take many years to even begin to heal from the trauma of sex trafficking, but the statute of limitations for these crimes is only one to five years. This means our criminal justice system is often unable to deliver survivors all the justice they deserve.

However, civil laws enable survivors of sex trafficking to seek damages from third parties that benefited financially from their exploitation. This option may help survivors of forced prostitution to receive compensation for the harm they’ve experienced, especially because the statute of limitations is longer in civil courts.

Businesses That Ignored You Should Pay

Businesses like hotels, motels and truck stops, all play a role in this criminal industry by providing a venue for or otherwise facilitating sex trafficking enterprises.

These businesses have an opportunity to identify and report the tell-tale signs of sex trafficking, helping to put an end to these crimes. But too often they look the other way, allowing sex trafficking to happen because it is to their financial advantage.

By turning a blind eye to sex trafficking, these businesses are complicit. They are profiting from sexual exploitation, and bear partial responsibility for the immense physical, psychological, and emotional toll sex trafficking causes its victims.

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Getting Victims the Justice You Deserve

Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to holding the businesses that do nothing to stop sex trafficking accountable for the deep harm, and violation of human rights and dignity, that they profited from. These business had a responsibility to help prevent sex trafficking, but did not use that opportunity.

For 30 years, the attorneys at W&L have been striving to help innocent victims harmed by corporate greed and negligence obtain the justice that they deserve.

  • W&L helped win a $9 billion jury verdict that included, at the time, the seventh-largest determination of punitive damages awarded in the U.S.*
  • Our firm played key roles in negotiating separate $2.5 billion and $1 billion settlements for our clients and those of other firms who need revisions surgery due to certain types of defective hip implants.
  • As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, we have nearly 500 dedicated lawyers, paralegals, and support professionals.
  • There are attorneys to help you wherever you are in the U.S. We have offices in New York City, New Jersey, Detroit, and Los Angeles. We can also arrange to meet you closer to home.

We would feel privileged to assist you.
For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please contact us today.

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Attorney Spotlight

Weitz & Luxenberg has more than 100 attorneys ready to fight for you. Many of our attorneys have decades of experience working with clients. All of them are at Weitz & Luxenberg because they care about getting justice for the clients we represent.

Paul J. Pennock

Paul J. Pennock is co-chair of a National Litigation practice group at Weitz & Luxenberg. Widely considered one of the best and most skilled plaintiff litigators in the country, Mr. Pennock has helped recover more than a billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. He has been national co-lead counsel on major litigations and served on numerous Plaintiff Steering Committees.

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Samantha Breakstone

Samantha Breakstone is an experienced legal advocate for survivors of human sex trafficking. She comes to Weitz & Luxenberg after five years in the Special Victims Bureaus and the Human Trafficking Unit of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. She understands the experiences of survivors and takes a nonjudgmental, trauma-informed approach rooted in patience and trust.

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About Sex Trafficking

Human sex trafficking is a highly profitable crime that involves forcing or manipulating a person into engaging in sex acts for someone else’s financial gain. A form of modern-day slavery, sex trafficking occurs throughout the world –– including here in the United States.

Each year, thousands of sex trafficking cases are reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story. Read more about Sex Trafficking.

Filing a Sex Trafficking Lawsuit

Most victims who contact Weitz & Luxenberg have never before filed a lawsuit. They don’t know their legal rights. Their primary concern is with their safety and recovery, or that of a loved one — and rightfully so. Our attorneys are here to explain your legal options and handle the legal burden, so you don’t have to.

We’d also like to hear from others who may be aware of a victim that wants and needs our legal help:

  • Family and loved ones.
  • Service providers.
  • Social workers.
  • Police enforcement officers.
  • Personnel at free clinics.

*Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The Actos verdict was reduced to approximately $38 million by the trial court on October 27, 2014. The settlements in which Weitz & Luxenberg played leadership roles included patients not represented by W&L.

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