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CRIMINAL CODE 

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Section 154.1 Human Trafficking

(1) For a person who commits human trafficking, the applicable punishment is deprivation of liberty for a term not exceeding eight years, with or without confiscation of property.

(2) For a person who commits human trafficking if it has been committed against a minor, or if it has been committed by a group of persons pursuant to prior agreement, the applicable punishment is deprivation of liberty for a term of not less than three years and not exceeding twelve years, with or without confiscation of property and with or without probationary supervision for a term not exceeding three years.

(3) For a person who commits human trafficking if it has endangered the life of a victim or serious consequences have been caused thereby, or it has been committed involving particular cruelty or against a minor, or it has been committed by an organised group, the applicable punishment is deprivation of liberty for a term of not less than five years and not exceeding fifteen years, with or without confiscation of property and with or without probationary supervision for a term not exceeding three years.

[25 April 2002; 16 December 2004; 13 December 2007/2; 8 July 2011; 13 December 2012; 14 March 2013]

Section 154.2 Meaning of Human Trafficking

(1) Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, concealment, accommodation or reception of persons for the purpose of exploitation, committed by using violence or threats or by means of deceit, or by taking advantage of the dependence of the person on the offender or of his or her state of helplessness, or by the giving or obtaining of material benefits or benefits of another nature in order to procure the consent of such person, upon which the victim is dependent.

(2) The recruitment, transportation, transfer, concealment, accommodation or reception of a minor for the purpose of exploitation shall be recognised as human trafficking also in such cases, if it is not connected with the utilisation of any of the means referred to in the Paragraph one of this Section.

(3) Within the meaning of this Section, exploitation is the involvement of a person in prostitution or in other kinds of sexual exploitation, the compulsion of a person to perform labour or to provide services, the holding of a person in slavery or other similar forms thereof (debt slavery, serfdom or compulsory transfer of a person into dependence upon another person), and the holding a person in servitude or also the illegal removal of a person’s tissues or organs.

[25 April 2002; 13 December 2012]

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