Although it’s rare and many people don’t think it happens in North Carolina, there are cases of sexual servitude in North Carolina. Many people think of these crimes in big cities, where a large number of women, children, and sometimes men are kept against their will for the purpose of working as sex slaves, but it happens everywhere and on many different scales. These charges don’t just apply to large numbers of people kept in servitude, but can happen one on one to individuals as well. Especially as the US Open Golf tournament gets underway in North Carolina, there is a concern about the potential for trafficking, sometimes large events and gatherings can bring a hub of trafficking activity.
The statute that outlines sexual servitude in North Carolina is N.C.G.S. § 14-43.13. This is where a person subjects someone to sexual servitude or maintains a person for the purpose of sexual servitude. The person must knowingly do this or must do so in reckless disregard of the consequences of the action. If the victim is an adult, it is a Class D felony. If the victim is a minor, it is a Class C felony. Mistaking the age of the victim is not a defense to the crime.
N.C.G.S. § 14-43.11 is the statute that addresses human trafficking. The definition of this offense is when a person recruits, entices, harbors, transports, provides, or obtains by any means another person with the intent that the other person be held in involuntary servitude or sexual servitude or causes a minor to be held in involuntary servitude or sexual servitude. This is a class F felony if the victim is an adult and a Class C if the victim is a minor. The Class F is a lower level crime that sexual servitude because human trafficking does not automatically imply or include sexual servitude.
Class C and D felonies, if resulting in conviction require a sentence of active prison time. A Class F has the possibility of a probationary sentence, depending on the facts of the case and the defendant’s previous criminal history. Furthermore, these crimes create eligibility for a person to be placed on the sex offender registry.
These are serious charges in North Carolina with serious consequences, and they require the experience and attention of an aggressive Raleigh sex crime lawyer. Contact a sexual servitude and human trafficking defense attorney at The Chetson Firm for a free consultation.