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Criminal Code 

Publication State Gazette No. 26/02.04.1968, in force as of 01.05.1968, 
Last amendment  SG No. 32/27.04.2010, in force as of 28.05.2010 

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Section IX 
(New, SG No. 92/2002) 


Trafficking of People 
Article 159a 


(Last amendment, SG No. 27/2009) 
(1) (Last amendment, SG No. 27/2009) Anyone, who recruits, transports, conceals or admits particular individuals or groups of people with the purpose of using them for debauched activities, forceful labour, dispossession of bodily organs or keeping them in forceful subjection, regardless of their consent, is subjected to penalty of imprisonment for a term from two to eight years and a fine from three to twelve thousand BGN. 
(2) (Last amendment, SG No. 27/2009) When the act under para.1 has been committed: 
1. with regard to an individual who is under the age of eighteen years; 
2. through the use of force or by misleading the individual; 
3. through kidnapping or illegal deprivation of liberty; 
4. through making use of a status of dependency; 
5. through the abuse of power; 
6. (Last amendment, SG No. 27/2009) through promising, giving or receiving benefits, the punishment is imprisonment for a term from three to ten years and a fine from ten to twenty thousand BGN. 
(3) (Last amendment, SG No. 27/2009) Where the act under Para 1 has been committed in respect to a pregnant woman with the the purpose of selling her child, the punishment is imprisonment for a term from three to fifteen years and a fine from twenty to fifty thousand BGN. 

Article 159b 

(Last amendment, SG No. 27/2009) 
(1) (Last amendment, SG No. 27/2009) An individual, who recruits, transports, conceals or admits particular individuals or groups of people and takes them over the border of the country with the purpose over art.159a, para.1, is subjected to a penalty of imprisonment for a term from three to twelve years and a fine from ten to twenty thousand BGN. 
 (2) (Last amendment, SG No. 27/2009) If the criminal deed is committed under the conditions of art.159a, para.2 and 3, the penalty is an imprisonment for a term from five to twelve years and a fine from twenty to fifty thousand BGN. 

Article 159c 
(New, SG No. 27/2009) 
Anyone who uses an individual who is a victim of the traffic with people, for debauched activities, forceful labour, dispossession of bodily organs or with the purpose to be kept in forceful subjection regardless of his/her consent, is subjected to a penalty of imprisonment from three to ten years and a fine from ten to twenty thousand BGN. 

Article 159d 
(Former art. 159c – Amendment, SG No. 27/2009) 
In the cases when the activity under art. 159a-159b is qualified as dangerous recidivism or have been committed after an order or in implementation of a decision of an organized criminal group, the penalty is imprisonment for a term from five to fifteen years and a fine from twenty to one hundred thousand BGN, the court may also decree a confiscation of part or the whole property of the doer.

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