Found 32 cases
  • CYP001Case of Rantsev v. Cyprus and Russia, Application No. 25965/04
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  • Cyprus
    Verdict Date: 2010-01-07
  • On 5 March 2001, O.R., a 21-year-old female Russian national, traveled with the intention to work as an “artiste” in a cabaret. A cabaret owner, X.A., had applied for an “artiste” visa and work permit for her. O.R. was granted a temporary resident permit as a visitor in a cabaret owned by X.A. On 16 March 2001 she began her employment at the cabaret, which was managed by M.A., the brother of X.A. While working at the cabaret, she shared an apartment with her colleagues. After only three days, on 19 March 2001, O.R. left the apartment leaving behind a letter saying that she was tired and intended to go back to Russia.


    M.A. notified the Limassol Immigration Office of O.R.’s disappearance and requested that she be arrested and deported to Russia so that he could hire another artiste. However, O.R. was not included in a police list of wanted persons. On 28 March 2001, M.A. was informed that O.R. was at a discotheque.  He gave information to the police about her whereabouts and requested they arrest her. However, M.A. went himself to the discotheque with a security guard from his cabaret, retrieved O.R., and took her to the Limassol Central Police Station. The duty passport officer did not corroborate her illegal presence in Cyprus, as there was no record of M.A.’s complaint on 19 March 2001.  In any case, domestic law did not allow a person to be illegal until 15 days pass after the filing of the complaint. The Police Aliens and Immigration Service advised the Limassol police of her detention, but requested that M.A. pick her up from the station and bring her to the immigration office the following day at 7 a.m.


    M.A. subsequently picked up O.R. at around 5:20 a.m. and accompanied her to a 5th floor apartment belonging to M.P., one of the cabaret employees. O.R. was placed in a room on the upper level of the apartment, with M.A. sleeping in the living room, blocking her only exit. At around 7 a.m., M.A. and M.P. awoke and found police officers gathered around O.R.’s dead body on the street. After investigation and autopsy, Cypriot authorities concluded that her death was not the result of a criminal act.  Rather it was found that the injuries on her body were the result of an accidental fall, also the cause of her death.


    On 13 September 2001, Mr Rantsev, the father of O.R., approached Russian authorities to apply to the Public Prosecutor of Cyprus on his behalf for free legal assistance and waiver of court costs in order to initiate an additional investigation of his daughter's death.  Not satisfied with the results of the proceedings, or the activities of the two governments regarding the investigation of the matter, Mr Rantsev brought the case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on 26 May 2004.

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  • RUS006Case No. 48- O11-49
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  • Russian Federation
    Verdict Date: 2011-05-24
  • This case was an extradition case, rather than the case on the merits and therefore does not contain an extensive analysis of the facts. The Republic of Uzbekistan accused D.G. Abdullov of human trafficking in relation to persons who were in a position of vulnerability or were materially dependent of the accused. These acts were committed more than once in relation to a minor.

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  • RUS002Case No. 86- O10-25
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  • Russian Federation
    Verdict Date: 2010-11-29
  • This is not a case on the merits, so the number of facts available is limited.

    The Republic of Uzbekistan claims that in the beginning of 2008, acting in concert with Mr. M.T. Bekmuratov, Mr. K.T. Bekmuratov recruited E. and K. for work on the territory of the Russian Federation and transported them to Russia, where he exploited their labor for 2-3 months without paying them the full amount of the salary they were supposed to receive.  

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  • USA024United States v. Okhotina
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  • United States of America
    Verdict Date: 2006-04-12
  • In January 2003, Alana Okhotina 35, a Russian national of West Hollywood, a city in the county of Los Angeles, smuggled her eighteen year old niece from a small town near St. Petersburg into the United States from Russia and forced her to work as a prostitute to repay her smuggling debt. Investigators said Okhotina paid $6,000 to obtain a fraudulent visa for her niece and then forced her to have sex with men in February 2003 in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Okhotina took the money that her niece received for prostituting herself.

    Her niece, told investigators that Okhotina hid her passport, destroyed her plane ticket home, and subjected her to regular beatings, threats and rape by strangers. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The defendant threatened to kill the victim and her family if she did not comply, and told her that she would be arrested if she went to the police because she was here in the United States illegally.

    The younger woman, who has since returned to Russia, was freed after she called police.

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  • MDA012Dosar nr 1ra - 1422/08
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  • Republic of Moldova
    Verdict Date: 2008-12-17
    Sentence Date : 2008-12-17
  • In June 2007, the defendant, upon prior understanding with unidentified person, recruited a girl of minor age (with her consent) to travel to Moscow, Russia to practice prostitution. He organised the transportation outside Moldova, where the minor had to be transferred to another unidentifiable person. On 5 June 2007, the defendant invited the minor to his house, where they stayed till morning next day, after which they left for Chisinau, where he was apprehended by police.

    The defendant claimed that he was tortured while in police custody.

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  • MDA031Dosar nr. 1ra – 777/2010
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  • Republic of Moldova
    Verdict Date: 2010-09-28
    Sentence Date : 2010-09-28
  • In May 2004, for purposes of forced labour, the defendant recruited 10 persons. She bought them the bus tickets and transported the victims to Belgorod, Russia for sugar beet weeding, promising them a suitable monthly income. The defendant took away the documents of the victim and forced them to work for around 3 months without being paid for.

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  • DEU015Case No. 2 Str 31/03
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  • Germany
    Verdict Date: 2003-07-11
    Sentence Date : 2002-06-21
  • The complainants contacted Wadim and W.W. themselves, asking for help to enter Germany with the purpose of working as prostitutes. Both defendants agreed to assist the complainants, and accompanied G. and P. on their way from Russia to Germany, assisted their entry in German territory under tourist visas, and supplied them with accommodation, transport and contacts with a brothel in Germany.

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  • MDA058Dosar nr. 1re – 511/2010
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  • Republic of Moldova
    Verdict Date: 2010-06-15
    Sentence Date : 2010-06-15
  • In October 2005, the defendant together with V. Sanduta and other persons, for purposes of commercial sexual exploitation, recruited B. V., under the pretext of securing her employment as bartender or waitress in Russia. Initially they kept her in Ialoveni town and after that the defendant organised the victim’s transport (without any documents) by train from Chisinau to Moscow. Afterwards, the victim was forced to offer sexual services for approximately one year.

    Also in October 2005, the defendant together with the same persons recruited M. M. (who was under 18 years of age), for purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. Initially they kept her in Ialoveni town and after that the defendant organised the victim’s transport by train from Chisinau to Moscow. Afterwards, the victim was forced to offer sexual services for approximately one year.

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  • USA026United States v. Trakhtenberg
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  • United States of America
    Verdict Date: 2004-08-13
  • From the summer of 1999 through August 2002, the defendants induced more than 25 women to come from Russia to the United States, ostensibly to perform cultural folk dance shows. Instead, the women were forced to dance nude up to 10 hours a day, six days a week, at strip clubs. The defendants threatened the women with serious harm and physical restraint if they did not perform. The defendants also confiscated the women’s passports and return airline tickets.

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  • MDA022Dosar nr 1ra - 334/2010
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  • Republic of Moldova
    Verdict Date: 2010-03-03
    Sentence Date : 2010-03-03
  • The defendant recruited one woman, for purposes of forced labour or services, contrary to the victim’s will. On 11 October 2004, the defendant transported the victim (who was under 18 years of age at that time) by train from Odessa to Omsk. The defendant constrained the victim to perform various household works without material reward until April 2007.

    On 23 April 2007, the defendant transported the victim by train from Omsk to Ocnita, where she constrained the victim to perform various works in order to repair the defendant’s house without material reward.

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