Non-punishment principle for trafficking victims: here’s how you can help a new research project

Victims of trafficking are sometimes brought to court themselves, charged with offences they are thought to have committed, even though this may have been in the course of being trafficked. Will you help with research into this problem?


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.  

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