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  • BEL001Not. Nr. 1214/07
  • 2200,en,/case-law-doc/traffickingpersonscrimetype/bel/2010/not._nr._121407_.html
  • Belgium
    Verdict Date: 2010-01-25
    Sentence Date : 2010-01-25
  • The victim, S., was discovered on 28 January 2006 on board a ship for inland navigation working as a sailor. He did not have a working permit, and therefore was considered an illegal alien. The victim had worked as a sailor on the ship since 8 December 2005, and had been hired by Defendant 1, the ship owner.

    The victim declared that he had been contracted through an official agency (Sanara). This agency was recruiting Romanian shipping crews to work in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. The victim had an individual contract for embarkation, written in English. The victim stated that although he did not speak English, he understood that he would receive a monthly wage of EUR 750 plus board and lodging, and was also aware of the expected work load. These conditions made him decide to travel to Antwerp, Belgium. From the victim’s testimony, it may be concluded that he had worked voluntarily and under the conditions he had agreed to. Furthermore, the victim was receiving even a higher salary than originally agreed upon, of EUR 900 a month. Defendant 1 stated that the victim worked as an independent worker. Every month the victim presented an invoice for his services to Defendant 1, and the money was paid accordingly.

    Defendant 2, the captain of the ship, declared that the ship usually navigated only 5 days a week. He also stated that the victim was responsible for keeping the ship clean and in good condition, and for  facilitating passage through the lock-gates. Working hours for the captain himself and the victim were not fixed, falling between 06:00 and 22:00, but often finishing earlier at around 19:30.

    Both Defendants declared that the victim was provided the same meals as Defendant 2. The Court concluded that these statements were likely to be true, because the victim in his testimony did not complain about the meals.

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  • BEL005Limited Liability Company T.C. et al.
  • 2200,en,/case-law-doc/traffickingpersonscrimetype/bel/2009/limited_liability_company_t.c._et_al..html
  • Belgium
    Verdict Date: 2009-04-06
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  • BEL004Case No. P.08.0951.N
  • 2200,en,/case-law-doc/traffickingpersonscrimetype/bel/2008/case_no._p.08.0951.n.html
  • Belgium
    Verdict Date: 2008-11-25
    Sentence Date : 2008-04-21
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  • BEL003C/118/2013 [2013]
  • 2200,en,/case-law-doc/traffickingpersonscrimetype/bel/2013/c1182013_2013.html
  • Belgium
    Verdict Date: 2013-01-23
    Sentence Date : 2013-01-23
  • Defendant 1, a Portuguese trader; Defendant 2, a Portuguese servant; Defendant 3, a Portuguese manager; and Defendant 4, Batisoft Ltd. were charged with human trafficking under the following aggravating circumstances: the victim’s particularly vulnerable position was abused; the activity had taken place on a continuous basis; and the crime was committed in the capacity of an association between 1 August 2008 and 13 May 2009, in Brugge, Sint-Joost-Ten-Node, and elsewhere in Belgium.

    From the testimony of the victim and the conducted investigation, it was proven that employees at Batisoft Ltd. were not provided with safety clothes for their work. The victim also complained about excessive working hours. The victim did not have a legal permit to stay in Belgium, but was free to come and go.

    The Court of Appeal ruled against the Court of First Instance, and reversed the guilty verdict of the defendants.

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  • BEL002Not. 668/09 [2010]
  • 2200,en,/case-law-doc/traffickingpersonscrimetype/bel/2010/not._66809_2010.html
  • Belgium
    Verdict Date: 2010-06-17
    Sentence Date : 2010-02-17
  • The case concerns trafficking in Chinese nationals for the purpose of exploitation in the construction sector. Three defendants (one of them a restaurant owner and one a restaurant manager) were accused of exploiting Chinese nationals between June and July 2006.

    The Chinese victims worked on a construction site (rebuilding a Chinese restaurant) six or seven days a week from 8 am to 11 am and from 4 pm  to 6 or 7 pm.  At the time of the victims’ testimonies to the police, they had not received any salary for their work and did not know what amount of payment they were to receive.  

    Defendant 1, the restaurant owner, had been responsible for the recruitment of the victims and for their transfer to the construction site. The victims did not have a working permit in Belgium and were only allowed to stay in the country for three months.

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  • BEL018Correctional Tribunal of Liege 11-02-2009
  • 2200,en,/case-law-doc/traffickingpersonscrimetype/bel/2009/correctional_tribunal_of_liege_11-02-2009.html
  • Belgium
    Verdict Date: 2009-02-11
  • In the beginning of 2007, the victim D.L. met the defendant A.G. She had just had a fight with another friend, and A.G. took D.L. into his care and offered her a place to stay. D.L. stayed there for a period of three months. After an initial amicable period, D.L. mentioned that she was looking for work. A.G. told her how lucrative prostitution was and D.L. agreed to work as a prostitute. A.G. drove D.L. to a bar where she worked as a waitress and “in the rooms.” At the end of the night, the bar manager took half of D.L.’s earnings and A.G. took the other half. This situation continued for two months. D.L. said that she gave A.G. all of her earnings; she was scared of him and he threatened her with a handgun, threatened to kill her and to harm her family. 

    After two months, A.G. took D.L. to a “box” where she worked from 14:00 in the afternoon to 6:00 in the morning. A.G. became more demanding and regularly came by to take D.L.’s earnings. D.L. generated 1,000 to 1,500 euros per day. During this time, A.G. was also violent; he beat D.L. and raped her several times. D.L.’s brother attempted to take D.L. home, but A.G. threatened D.L.’s brother with a handgun and the brother left.  One day, pretending she was going to work, D.L. made a phone call and her brother picked her up. She stayed in a shelter for battered women and brought charges against A.G.

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  • BEL013Court of Appeals of Antwerp 20-05-2010
  • 2200,en,/case-law-doc/traffickingpersonscrimetype/bel/2010/court_of_appeals_of_antwerp_20-05-2010.html
  • Belgium
    Verdict Date: 2010-05-20
    Sentence Date : 2010-05-20
  • The defendant took the victim away from her family in Morocco with the pretext of marrying her in Belgium. The defendant also paid a sum to the victim’s family which they interpreted to be the dowry.

    Upon arrival in Belgium, the victim was forced to engage in sexual intercourse with the defendant, to work at the defendant’s house and to serve him and his mother. The victim was also physically abused by the defendant.

    When the defendant ‘got tired’ of the victim he threw her out on the street. With no resources, the victim was unable to go back to her family in Morocco.

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  • BEL011Correctional Tribunal of Hasselt 19-03-2010
  • 2200,en,/case-law-doc/traffickingpersonscrimetype/bel/2010/correctional_tribunal_of_hasselt_19-03-2010.html
  • Belgium
    Verdict Date: 2010-03-19
    Sentence Date : 2010-03-19
  • The victim was promised a job in the Netherlands as a maid/nanny. Upon arrival in the Netherlands, however, the victim’s ID was taken from her, following which she was forced to work as a prostitute. The victim was found thanks to a tip from a client of the establishment where she had to work. 

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  • BEL014Correctional Tribunal of Tongeren 18-03-2010
  • 2200,en,/case-law-doc/traffickingpersonscrimetype/bel/2010/correctional_tribunal_of_tongeren_18-03-2010.html
  • Belgium
    Verdict Date: 2010-03-18
    Sentence Date : 2010-03-18
  • The victims were recruited by the third defendant who approached them in Romania and offered them a job as waitresses in a cafeteria in Belgium.

    The estimated income of the first defendant, i.e. EURO 79.934, was confiscated.

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  • BEL016Correctional Tribunal of Brussels 20-04-2010
  • 2200,en,/case-law-doc/traffickingpersonscrimetype/bel/2010/correctional_tribunal_of_brussels_20-04-2010.html
  • Belgium
    Verdict Date: 2010-04-20
    Sentence Date : 2010-04-20
  • This sentence considered the case of an anonymous worker who had to work 12 hours per day, 6 days per week, had to pay for own work material, and was not paid for all services rendered.

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