UK: Court of Appeal Issues Guidance for Trafficking Victims in Criminal Cases

Friday, October 4, 2013

The UK Court of Appeal overturned the convictions against three children from Vietnam who were trafficked to the UK and convicted for drug offences after a police raid on the cannabis factories in which they were forced to work. The judgement is a milestone reflecting the recently adopted EU Anti-Trafficking Directive. As “victims of crime” with “no realistic alternative but to comply with the dominant force of another individual, or group of individuals,” the court stressed that victims of human trafficking who become forcibly involved in criminal activities should not be prosecuted for those crimes.

 Read the full text of the judgment or a summary of the cases on the UK Judiciary website.

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