Albert X. v. Ministère Public français et Alain Y
Court: Court of Cassation
Sentence date: 15 June 2010
Purpose of exploitation: Forced Labour
Mr A.Y. worked for Mr Albert X., a carpentry entrepreneur, for two years. He worked every day even on weekends, being often insulted, mocked, and hit. Mr A.Y. was provided housing with unhealthy conditions. A psychiatric report showed that Mr A.Y. was a lonely and inhibited man with a low level of intelligence. With the assistance and support of the "Comité contre l'esclavage moderne" (Committee against Modern-Day Slavery), Mr A.Y. made a complaint to authorities.
The Court of Cassation upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision on the basis that all the constituent elements of the offences had been proven. Mr X. was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for breaching articles 222-12 (violence), 225-13 (performance of services from a vulnerable or a dependant person without payment) and 225-14 (having subjected a vulnerable or a dependant person to working and living conditions that were incompatible with human dignity) of the Penal Code (France).