Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings

Compensation for Trafficked and Exploited Persons in the OSCE region

Compensation for Trafficked and Exploited Persons in the OSCE region

OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) 2008, 201 pages

The study focus on the delicate question how can - and should - victims of trafficking in human beings get justice and receive compensation? The study compares how such compensation is awarded in eight OSCE countries: Albania, France, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

It concludes that victims of trafficking mainly have a right to claim compensation from the trafficker through criminal or civil claims and, in cases of violent crime, from state funds. Still, the amounts of compensation vary greatly between and within countries. While compensation mechanisms exist in all countries covered by the study, only a small minority of trafficked persons have made claims for compensation and been granted awards, and still fewer have actually received the compensation payment.