Legal Team: 2016 Highlights Series

Posted by on 20 March 2017

Legal Team: 2016 Highlights Series

Over the course of 2016, Nvader’s lawyer worked collaboratively with representatives from other NGOs to protect and promote the legal rights and interests of victims of trafficking and sexual abuse.One of the highlights of the year was that our lawyer could represent Sai*, a young woman who was trafficked into a brothel in her early teens. Our lawyer acted for her in court on the prosecution of two of her traffickers. She brought an application for compensation on behalf of Sai for an amount that represents a high watermark. The two offenders initially only received a four year sentence.  Nvader’s lawyer lodged an appeal to the Court of Appeals, notwithstanding the limited prospects of success. However, we are pleased to report that the Court of Appeals issued its judgment upholding our appeal and imposing increased sentences of eight years on each of the two offenders! Nvader hopes to make use of this judgment in subsequent cases.  It will encourage us to appeal against unduly light sentences in future cases!

*Name changed to protect survivor’s identity