Sexual Exploitation

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Sexual Exploitation

Sexual Exploitation Overview

Sexual exploitation is a severe and complex legal issue in South Carolina, often involving the manipulation or coercion of individuals for sexual purposes. At Thompson and Hiller, we are skilled in defending clients against sexual exploitation charges, which can carry heavy penalties, including imprisonment and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Our experienced legal team is well-versed in South Carolina’s specific laws and penalties related to sexual exploitation, offering tailored defense strategies to protect your rights and reputation.

Initial Consultation

Attorney meets with the client to discuss the details of the case

Investigation & Evidence Gathering

Collecting all relevant evidence, talking to witnesses, and reviewing police reports and other documents

Pre-Trial & Negotiations

Defense can negotiate with the prosecution for plea deals or even get some charges dropped

Trial & Beyond

Defense attorney represents the client in court, presenting evidence, cross-examining witnesses, and making closing arguments

Lady Justice

Sexual Exploitation

Facing sexual exploitation charges in South Carolina? Thompson and Hiller offer dedicated legal defense, specializing in South Carolina’s complex laws to protect your rights and reputation.

Sexual Exploitation Laws in South Carolina

Sexual exploitation in South Carolina refers to the illegal act of manipulating or coercing someone into engaging in sexual activity for personal gain or benefit. This can include activities such as human trafficking, prostitution, and the creation or distribution of explicit material without consent.

Examples of Sexual Exploitation

Human Trafficking

This involves the recruitment, transportation, or harboring of individuals for the purpose of forced sexual labor.


Engaging in sexual activities for money or other benefits, often facilitated by a third party, falls under sexual exploitation.

Non-consensual Distribution of Explicit Material

Sharing explicit photos or videos of someone without their consent is considered a form of sexual exploitation.

How Thompson and Hiller Can Help

If you’re facing charges related to sexual exploitation in South Carolina, it’s crucial to consult with experienced attorneys like Thompson and Hiller. We have the know how in navigating the state’s complex sexual exploitation laws and offer aggressive legal defense tailored to your specific case. Our team will guide you through the legal process, from the initial arrest to the final resolution of your case, ensuring that your rights are protected every step of the way.

Sexual Exploitation Charges 

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking for sexual exploitation involves the recruitment, transportation, or harboring of individuals for the purpose of forced sexual labor. This is a severe violation of human rights and is treated as such under South Carolina law.

Charges and Penalties: Human trafficking is a felony offense in South Carolina, with penalties that can include lengthy prison sentences, hefty fines, and asset forfeiture. Convictions may also require registration as a sex offender and can have long-lasting implications on your personal and professional life.


Prostitution refers to engaging in sexual activities in exchange for money or other benefits. While often considered a “victimless crime,” South Carolina law takes prostitution seriously, especially when it involves minors or is part of a larger criminal enterprise.

Charges and Penalties: Prostitution is generally considered a misdemeanor in South Carolina but can escalate to a felony if it involves minors or is part of a larger criminal operation. Penalties can include fines, imprisonment, and mandatory educational programs aimed at preventing future offenses.

Non-consensual Distribution of Explicit Material

Also known as “revenge porn,” this involves sharing explicit photos or videos of someone without their consent. This act can have devastating effects on the victim’s personal and professional life.

Charges and Penalties: Distributing explicit material without consent is a misdemeanor in South Carolina, punishable by fines and imprisonment. Repeat offenses or distribution that involves minors can escalate the charges to a felony, with more severe penalties including mandatory registration as a sex offender.

Legal Process for Sexual Exploitation Charges 

Being charged with sexual exploitation is a serious and often overwhelming experience. Understanding the legal process can help you navigate this challenging time. At Thompson and Hiller, we guide you through each step, ensuring that you’re well-informed and prepared. Here’s what you can expect:

Initial Arrest and Booking

After being arrested for a sexual exploitation charge, you’ll be taken to the police station for booking. This involves recording your personal details, the charges against you, and possibly taking fingerprints and photographs.

We can often expedite the booking process and work on securing your release through bail, ensuring you spend as little time in custody as possible.


The arraignment is your first court appearance, where you’ll be formally charged and asked to enter a plea.

We’ll advise you on the best plea to enter based on the evidence against you and will begin negotiations with the prosecution to potentially reduce the charges.

Discovery and Investigation

This phase involves gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and building your defense.

Our team conducts a thorough investigation to challenge the prosecution’s evidence, seeking to weaken their case and strengthen your defense.

Pre-Trial Motions

Before the trial, both sides can file motions to request specific actions, such as dismissing the case or excluding evidence.

We’ll file strategic motions that can significantly impact the outcome of your case, such as motions to suppress evidence that was illegally obtained.


If no plea agreement is reached, the case will go to trial. Here, both sides will present their arguments, and a judge or jury will determine your guilt or innocence.

With our extensive courtroom experience, we’ll present a compelling defense aimed at achieving the best possible outcome, whether that’s a not guilty verdict or a reduced sentence.


If convicted, the judge will determine your sentence based on various factors, including the type of sexual exploitation charge and any prior convictions.

We’ll advocate for the most lenient sentence possible, presenting mitigating factors and arguing for alternatives to imprisonment, such as probation or community service.

Preparing for your Consultation

Facing a sexual exploitation charge is a serious matter that requires immediate and guided legal attention. When you consult Thompson and Hiller, here are some essential questions to ask and information to bring to make the most of your legal representation.

Questions to Ask Thompson and Hiller

  1. What are the potential penalties for the specific type of sexual exploitation charge I’m facing?
  2. What are the most effective defense strategies for my case?
  3. How often do you handle sexual exploitation cases, and what have been the outcomes?
  4. Will my case likely go to trial, or is a plea deal more advisable?
  5. What are the legal fees, and what do they cover?
  6. How will you keep me informed about the progress of my case?
  7. What are the next steps in the legal process, and what should I expect?

Information to Bring to Thompson and Hiller

  1. Arrest Records: Any paperwork or documentation related to your arrest.
  2. Bail Papers: If you’ve been released on bail, bring any related documents.
  3. Evidence: Any evidence that you believe could be beneficial to your case, such as text messages, emails, or surveillance footage.
  4. Witness Information: Names and contact details of any potential witnesses who could testify on your behalf.
  5. Timeline of Events: A written account of what happened before, during, and after the alleged exploitation, as detailed as possible.
  6. Previous Legal Records: If you have any prior convictions or ongoing cases, bring all relevant legal documents.

By asking these questions and providing this information, you’ll enable Thompson and Hiller to offer you the most effective legal representation. Our goal is to guide you through the legal process as smoothly as possible, ensuring that your rights are protected every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Considered Sexual Exploitation in South Carolina?

Answer: Sexual exploitation in South Carolina involves manipulating or coercing someone into engaging in sexual activities for personal gain. This can include human trafficking, prostitution, and non-consensual distribution of explicit material.

2. What are the Penalties for Sexual Exploitation in South Carolina?

Answer: Penalties for sexual exploitation in South Carolina can vary widely, depending on the type of charge and other factors like prior convictions. Penalties can range from fines to imprisonment and may include mandatory registration as a sex offender.

3. How Can Thompson and Hiller Help with My Sexual Exploitation Charge?

Answer: Thompson and Hiller guide in navigating South Carolina’s complex sexual exploitation laws. We offer aggressive legal defense strategies tailored to your specific case, aiming to either reduce the charges or get them dismissed altogether.

4. What Should I Bring to My Initial Consultation with Thompson and Hiller?

Answer: For your initial consultation, bring all relevant documents such as arrest records, bail papers, and any evidence you think may help your case. The more information you provide, the better we can assess and plan your defense strategy.

5. What is the Legal Process for a Sexual Exploitation Charge in South Carolina?

Answer: The legal process for a sexual exploitation charge typically involves an initial arrest, arraignment, discovery, pre-trial motions, and potentially a trial. Thompson and Hiller guide you through each step, offering legal advice and representation to protect your rights.

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