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  • C.N. v. the United Kingdom

    C.N. v. the United Kingdom

    Court: European Court of European Rghts

    Sentence date: 13 November 2012

    Purpose of exploitation: Forced labour/domestic servitude

    In the case of C.N. v. the United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Article 4 (prohibition of slavery and forced labour) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

    The case concerned allegations of domestic servitude by a Ugandan woman who complained that she had been forced into working as a live-in carer.

    The Court found that the legislative provisions in force in the United Kingdom at the relevant time had been inadequate to afford practical and effective protection against treatment contrary to Article 4. Due to this absence of specific legislation criminalising domestic servitude, the investigation into the applicant’s allegations of domestic servitude had been ineffective.