There’s a growing sense that punishing victims of human trafficking for offences committed in the course of being trafficked, is not an appropriate response and that vulnerable victims of trafficking should not be additionally penalised. This is known as the ‘non-punishment principle’, and it differs from traditional defences – duress, for example – because it applies specifically to people who have been trafficked.  

Now, the International Bar Association and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law are working together on a research project dealing with the non-punishment principle across different jurisdictions.

Does this principle operate in your jurisdiction and does it co-exist with more traditional defences such as duress? Take just a few minutes of your time to answer a few straightforward questions about the issue as it applies to your jurisdiction and you will be making a useful contribution to dealing with the problem.

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