Trafficking in Persons Now a Criminal Offense in the Russian Federation
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 12:00 AM

Effective today, the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation includes provisions which prohibit human trafficking and provide greater protection for trafficking victims. The new provisions define trafficking in persons as follows: the buying-selling of a person or other actions committed for the purpose of such persons exploitation in the form of recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of such person. Offenders may be imprisoned for up to five years.  The existence of aggravating circumstances may lead to prison sentences of up to10 or 15 years.  Aggravating circumstances include, but are not limited to, the trafficking of multiple persons, the trafficking of minors, and the death of a victim occuring as a result of the offenders' negligence. Before this legislation was enacted, trafficking offenders were most commonly prosecuted under existing rape, slavery, and false documentation laws.

For more information, please see the excerpts from the law included here.  For information about developments relating to violence against women in the Russian Federation, please see the Russian Federation Country Page on this website.