Terms Used In Louisiana Revised Statutes 46:2163

  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.

An individual who is a victim of human trafficking shall have a civil cause of action in district court for injunctive relief and to recover actual damages, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and for any other appropriate relief.  A prevailing plaintiff shall also be awarded court costs and attorney fees.  Treble damages shall be awarded on proof of actual damages where the defendant‘s actions were willful and malicious.

Acts 2013, No. 429, §2, eff. June 24, 2013.