The term “human trafficking” often makes people think of those victimizing others. Some forms of human trafficking are violent, but that isn’t always the case. People end up facing allegations of human trafficking not because they forced people into dangerous situations but rather because they helped illegally transport them.
Many people want to enter the United States despite not having the documentation to do so. They seek transportation into the country and also to destinations around the nation. Anyone who helps undocumented immigrants enter or travel in the United States could face criminal charges. Truck drivers who operate commercial vehicles in Texas, especially those that cross the border occasionally, could find themselves accused of human trafficking.
Trucks are efficient ways to move people
Large commercial trucks are widely used in the commercial transportation industry because they are an efficient means of moving materials. They can be a more cost-effective alternative to air transportation and a way to quickly move perishable or volatile materials.
However, they are also means for smuggling people across the border or transporting large numbers of people who have crossed the border. In recent months, immigration enforcement officers have started paying special attention to commercial vehicles because they could potentially hide dozens of people.
Anyone stopped with humans in their commercial vehicle may end up facing serious criminal charges. Human trafficking allegations often require a robust defense strategy if someone hopes to avoid life-altering consequences.
Identifying risk factors for serious criminal charges like human trafficking can help truck drivers avoid them. If you are facing these charges, it’s crucial to have experienced legal guidance.