To understand Human Trafficking law in Idaho, it helps to contrast the definition of this crime with other Trafficking crimes and related crimes under Idaho Code Title 18, Chapter 86, Section 1802. Under that section of the State Code, Idaho law defines Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, and Commercial Trafficking as an activity that fits one of the sets of descriptions below. 

Human trafficking penalties in Idaho are extreme. If you are arrested for Human Trafficking, you will need to work with the best criminal defense attorney Idaho has to offer you. 

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What Is Human Trafficking?

The crime of Human Trafficking in the state of Utah is defined as involvement in one of the following types of felonious activities:

  • Sex trafficking that involves commercial sexual actions in which a victim has been forced, or coerced, or induced by fraud, or is under age 18, OR
  • The recruiting, keeping, transporting, or obtaining, or supplying a person to another for the purpose of using the individual to provide labor or services. This is Human Trafficking if accomplished by force, coercion, or fraud with the intention of subjecting someone against his or her will to servitude, slavery, or debt bondage.

The crime of Human Trafficking in Idaho is punishable by up to 25 years in state prison, or by a more severe penalty if prescribed by the law.

Types of Force That Define Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking occurs when a person is enslaved by force, coercion, or fraud which compels the victim to cooperate in the role of a slave to perform labor or services. Some types of force that fit the definition of the nature of the force used to do human trafficking include:  

  • Threatening to harm severely or physically restrain the victim or another person.
  • Hiding, taking, destroying, or seizing a passport, immigration document, or other identification document issued by the government. 
  • Exploiting a person who has been rendered into servitude by the perpetrator’s scheming, planning, or applying a practiced nefarious process. Such a process would be designed to induce a reasonable individual to believe that failing to agree to enter or continue in servitude would result in severe harm. 

The threatened harm would be to the victim or someone else. Or, a threat of physical restraint may be made by the perpetrator. Or, a threat of abuse of the law might be used to victimize the person. Any of the above acts constitutes a crime.

  • Exploiting a person’s pledge as a debtor to obtain services from the debtor or from someone under the debtor’s control as security for an outstanding debt. In such a case, one of these two exploitative acts may be perpetrated by the trafficker:
    1. The reasonable value of the services rendered is not deducted from the balance of the debt, OR
    2. The nature of the services to be rendered is not defined and the duration of the service commitment is not limited.
  • Abusing a legal process, or threatening to abuse the law, to use the process or law against the person or a third person.

If you are accused of committing one of these actions, you should contact an experienced sex crimes lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney will help you build the best possible case for your defense. 

Sex Trafficking

The act of sex trafficking may be in the form of any commercial sexual activities, including the following kinds of conduct:

Commercial Sexual Activity

Commercial Sexual Activity is defined as sexual actions or contact performed in exchange for something of value, per the definition detailed in Idaho Code 18-5610-2.c. The value might be legal or illegal and given, received, or promised by or to anyone.

If You Are Charged With Human Trafficking In Idaho

Sawtooth Defense Lawyers are sex crimes defense specialists. We start working immediately and aggressively to get the case dropped or charges significantly reduced. Our focus is on keeping you from going to jail or being entered on the Idaho sex offender registry.

Call Sawtooth Defense Lawyers at (208) 644-8893, or use our online contact request to schedule a free review of your case and a discussion of your best defense options.

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