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What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking, under Penal Code 236.1, is when a person is deprived of their personal freedoms with the intent to get forced labor or services out of them. Someone can be deprived of their personal freedoms through fear, fraud, deceit, coercion, duress, the threat of injury to them or to someone else, violence, or menace. Forced labor or services does not have to go unpaid. If someone is forced to work through threats, fear, coercion, or similar means, even if they are being paid, it is still forced labor.

Human Trafficking for the Purpose of Pimping, Child Pornography, or Extortion

Human trafficking for the purpose of pimping, child pornography, or extortion, under Penal Code 236.1(b), is when you deprive or violate a person’s personal freedoms with the intent to commit any of the following crimes:

  • Luring a person under 18 to participate in prostitution (Penal Code 266)
  • Pimping (Penal Code 266h)
  • Pandering (Penal Code 266i)
  • Acquirement of a child under 16 for lewd or lavisicous acts (Penal Code 266j)
  • Kidnapping of a person under 18 with the purpose of prostitution (Penal Code 267)
  • Child pornography (Penal Code 311)
  • Extortion or blackmail (Penal Code 518)


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Penalties for Human Trafficking

The penalties for human trafficking depend on what crimes are associated with it. For Penal Code 236.1 (a), depriving someone of their freedoms with the intent of forced labor, include any or all of the following penalties:

  • Felony probation
  • 5, 8, or 12 years in a California state prison
  • Up to a $500,000 fine

Penalties for Human Trafficking for the Purpose of Pimping, Child Pornography, or Extortion

The penalties for human trafficking for the purpose of pimping, child pornography, or extortion include any or all of the following:

  • Felony probation
  • 8, 14, or 20 years in a California state prison
  • Up to a $500,000 fine
  • Requirement to register for life as a three-tier sex offender

Legal Defenses for Human Trafficking

Sometimes a disgruntled employee will claim that they are being forced to work against their will. This often leads to a false accusation of human trafficking.

It’s possible that someone thought their freedoms were being deprived when really they weren’t. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can get to the truth and clear up any confusion.

You have to have known that you were participating in human trafficking to be guilty of it. So if you have committed an element of human trafficking without the intent of forced labor or depriving someone of their freedom, you can’t be guilty of human trafficking.

Have you been legally accused of committing human trafficking? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Violent Crimes such as Gang Crimes, Gun Charges, Domestic Violence, and Kidnapping to name a few.

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About Mark Broughton:

Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:

Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.

He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.

Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.

Other Qualifications:
  • Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
  • Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
  • Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients.  He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.

Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.

Practice Areas

  • Federal Crime 40%
  • White Collar Crime 20%
  • Violent Crime 20%
  • Criminal Defense 10%
  • Sex Crimes 10%

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