Cases

Jurisprudence on cases where trafficked persons have claimed compensation for their damages is not widely available. Nevertheless there are two databases available on human trafficking.

Database of Case Law - German Institute for Human Rights
This database contains relevant cases from German and international case law with regard to trafficking in persons (for labour exploitation and for sexual exploitation) and labour exploitation. The case collection can be used as a source for examples of legal lines of argument by legal practitioners representing trafficked persons. Target groups are lawyers, counsellors of trafficked persons and persons affected by labour exploitation as well as the expert public.

In addition, the German Institute for Human Rights initiated a project in 2009 called "Forced Labour Today". The purpose of the project is to increase the ability of persons who have been trafficked into labour and sexual exploitation to actually assert claims for wages and compensation against perpetrators and exercise their rights under the German Crime Victims' Compensation Act (Opferentschädigungsgesetz). To achieve this, the project offers financial support for test cases by means of a legal aid fund.

UNODC case law database
UNODC has developed a human trafficking case law database to provide immediate, public access to officially documented instances of this crime. The database contains details on victims' and perpetrators' nationalities, trafficking routes, verdicts and other information related to prosecuted cases from across the world. In doing so, it provides not only mere statistics on numbers of prosecutions and convictions, but also the real-life stories of trafficked persons as documented by the courts.