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Old 06-12-2019, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Velocity View Post
Maybe "bring charges" was the wrong term. What I meant was more like, suppose there were a law that governed the behavior of U.S. citizens abroad (for instance, I would guess that U.S. federal law prescribes criminal penalties for U.S. citizens who facilitate human trafficking abroad - so then if, say, an American citizen were trafficking Nigerian victims in Nigeria, and a Nigerian victim wanted to prosecute the American trafficker under U.S. law, would they have to personally locate some U.S. prosecutor and file a grievance claim with them in order to make the prosecutor aware?) In such a situation, the foreigner plaintiff has no U.S. residency and the crime didn't take place in the U.S. (although there would be extraterritorial jurisdiction.)
Yes, if the crime didn't come to t he attention of the U.S. authorities, then the victim (or anyone, really) would have to report it. Probably to law enforcement, such as the FBI, not the prosecutor. They would (if they chose to) investigate and then decide whether or not to prosecute.