Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A.
contact Our Firm Today
Toll free – 877-801-4135

Miami – 305-461-9500

Orlando – 407-992-2251

Human smuggling and human trafficking: Important differences

People who are desperate to come to Florida or elsewhere in the United States from other countries may consider unlawful alternatives if they discover that they do not qualify for one of the legal options. However, they put themselves at risk of deportation once they get here, and they put themselves at risk of harm from unethical people who promise assistance in return for money or other payments. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, both human trafficking and people smuggling are illegal, and immigrants who fall prey to either activity may come to harm.

There are identifying factors that separate the two activities. A situation may be identified as human smuggling when an undocumented immigrant is brought into the country illegally and shielded from authorities. But, if the immigrant was promised a job, and then forced or coerced to take a different job, he or she may be the victim of trafficking. Likewise, those who are guarded, prevented from making their own choices or whose wages are being withheld may be victims.

The Department of Homeland Security points out that some immigrants recognize that they have been smuggled into the country illegally, but not that they are the victims of traffickers. In these cases, people may qualify for protection from law enforcement in return for cooperation, but instead they avoid those who would be in a position to help them.

Officials who encounter victims are instructed to provide assistance through a variety of support services. Programs and protections are available to victims even if the investigation they participate in does not result in the arrest of a human trafficker. Because of the serious harm caused by human trafficking, it is essential for those who may have evidence to share this with the authorities.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
The Florida Bar | 1950 American Bar Association DADE County Bar Association | 1916 Orange County Bar Association Coral Gables Bar Association American Immigration Lawyer Association

Contact Us Today. Call 877-801-4135 or complete this form to schedule a consultation with our legal experts.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Offices Conveniently Located in Miami And Orlando
Google+ Facebook

Miami Dadeland Office
7300 North Kendall Drive
Suite 680
Miami, FL 33156

Toll Free: 877-801-4135
Phone: 305-461-9500
Fax: 786-362-7127
Map & Directions

Midtown Miami Office
3401 North Miami Avenue
Suite 209
Miami, FL 33127

Toll Free: 877-801-4135
Phone: 305-461-9500
Fax: 786-362-7127
Map & Directions

Orlando Office
801 North Magnolia Avenue
Suite 221
Orlando, FL 32803

Toll Free: 877-801-4135
Fax: 786-362-7127
Map & Directions

Email This Office