2015 ORS 30.867¹
Action for violation of criminal laws relating to involuntary servitude or trafficking in persons

(1) Irrespective of any criminal prosecution or the result of a criminal prosecution, a person injured by a violation of ORS 163.263 (Subjecting another person to involuntary servitude in the second degree), 163.264 (Subjecting another person to involuntary servitude in the first degree) or 163.266 (Trafficking in persons) may bring a civil action for damages against a person whose actions are unlawful under ORS 163.263 (Subjecting another person to involuntary servitude in the second degree), 163.264 (Subjecting another person to involuntary servitude in the first degree) or 163.266 (Trafficking in persons).

(2) Upon prevailing in an action under this section, the plaintiff may recover:

(a) Both special and general damages, including damages for emotional distress; and

(b) Punitive damages.

(3) The court shall award reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing plaintiff in an action under this section. The court may award reasonable attorney fees and expert witness fees incurred by a defendant who prevails in the action if the court determines that the plaintiff had no objectively reasonable basis for asserting a claim or no reasonable basis for appealing an adverse decision of a circuit court.

(4) An action under this section must be commenced within six years of the conduct giving rise to the claim. [2007 c.811 §9]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 30—Actions and Suits in Particular Cases, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors030.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.