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Friday, January 07, 2011

ECHR ruled sex trafficking violated human rights convention

On January 7, 2010, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Russia and Cyprus were liable for not taking adequate efforts to prevent or investigate the death of a woman trafficked between the two countries. The court held that both countries had violated Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits slavery and forced labor. The ECHR ruled that Cyprus did not have a proper framework in place to prevent sex trafficking, and that authorities did not do enough to protect the woman. The court also ruled that Russia did not do enough to identify where the woman was recruited and punish the responsible parties. The court ordered Cyprus to pay the woman's father € 40,000 and Russia to pay € 2,000.



Learn more about the ECHR and human trafficking from the JURIST news archive.




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