Sex Trafficking is an offense with heavy and extreme consequences in Colorado. Human Trafficking for Sexual Servitude is a crime that involves selling or using a person or minor for the purpose of sexual servitude. This is a felony offense in Colorado and conviction can come with an especially lengthy prison sentence. In addition, this sex crime faces mandatory Colorado sex offender registration. Sex trafficking is also rarely charged alone, often in correlation with sexual assault or sexual exploitation. An offense of this magnitude and complexity requires representation from a skilled human trafficking for sexual servitude lawyer.
What is Human Trafficking for Sexual Servitude in Colorado?
Colorado law C.R.S. 18-3-504 defines Human Trafficking for Sexual Servitude as:
“a person who knowingly sells, recruits, harbors, transports, transfers, isolates, entices, provides, receives, or obtains by any means another person for the purpose of coercing the person to engage in commercial sexual activity.”
Commercial sexual activity refers to anything of value given, promised, or received in exchange for sexual conduct. Sexual contact, intrusion, penetration, exploitation, and obscene performance all apply to the term sexual activity. It is important to note that someone still commits human trafficking for sexual servitude even if they themselves do not receive any of the proceeds from the commercial sexual activity.
Sentencing for Human Trafficking for Sexual Servitude in Colorado
Sex trafficking consequences in Colorado are particularly steep. This felony offense is met with time in the Colorado Department of Corrections, substantial fines, and mandatory sex offender registration. Because sex trafficking is also an “extraordinary risk crime,” more strict sentencing parameters can apply. The following sentence ranges can apply to sex trafficking conviction in Colorado:
Human Trafficking of an Adult for Sexual Servitude
- class 3 felony
- 4 – 16 years in prison
- fine of $3,000 – $750,000
Human Trafficking of a Minor for Sexual Servitude
- class 2 felony
- 16 – 48 years in prison
- fine of $5,000 – $1,000,000
In cases involving an alleged victim that is under 18 years of age, it is not a defense if the minor consented to the activity, the defendant was unaware of the minor's age, or if the minor lied about their age.
Human Trafficking for Sexual Servitude Lawyer | Expert Criminal Defense
Sex trafficking punishments are some of the most severe consequences someone can face in Colorado. Prosecutors can aggressively pursue a conviction in situations as complex as this, potentially overcharging a defendant. Therefore, experienced criminal defense is a must. We have decades of combined experience fighting criminal charges throughout Colorado and know how to navigate complex cases with potentially devastating ramifications. It is of the utmost importance that you not speak with investigators or give police any statements if you're facing charges. Above all, exercise your right to remain silent and consult an expert human trafficking for sexual servitude lawyer who places your best possible outcome as the highest priority.
If you or someone you know is facing sex trafficking charges, be smart. Contact the expert defense attorneys at Sawyer Legal Group at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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