Judgment concerning Lithuania

Human Rights building

In the case of Jasuitis and Šimaitis v. Lithuania the Court held that there had been no violation of no punishment without law.

The case concerned the applicants’ conviction for trafficking in human beings. They had hired a number of women to work as “web models”, but complaints were made by one woman that they had used threats and psychological violence to force her to carry out that work.

The Court found that the relevant law in this case and its interpretation by the national courts had been clear. The applicants should have been able to see that their actions would have come under the definition of trafficking in human beings as set out in the Lithuanian Criminal Code.

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