- Trafficking victims are launching civil cases against perpetrators
- Pro-bono lawyers help to restore wages to victims, often in corporate supply chains
- "Changing the cost-benefit calculations of corporations will drive action," argue activists
Martina Vandenberg is founder and president of the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center. Nick Grono is CEO of The Freedom Fund. The Center and the Fund released on 15 December a report entitled "Ending Impunity, Securing Justice: Using Strategic Litigation to Combat Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking." The opinions expressed are solely theirs.
(CNN)Strategic litigation broke the back of the British slave trade. In 1772, James Somerset, an escaped slave brought to England by his owner, Charles Stewart, sued for his freedom. In the case Somerset vs Stewart, the Chief Justice, Lord Mansfield, ruled that no slave could be forcibly returned to a colony for sale.