Prohibition of slavery and forced labour: landmark judgment

Rantsev v. Cyprus and Russia (7 January 2010)

The Court held that the Cypriot and Russian authorities had not protected a 20 year old Russian cabaret performer from a traffic in human beings.

The Court found violations by Cyprus of Articles 2 (right to life) and 5 (right to liberty and security) and a violation by both countries of Article 4. It is the first judgment in respect of trafficking.

Factsheet on forced labour and trafficking

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