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Criminal Code

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Part XVIII. Serious Offences against Personal Liberty


Section 273f
1. Any person who:
1°. by coercion, act of violence or any other act or threat of violence or threat of any other act, by
extortion, fraud, deception or abuse of a position of authority arising from de facto
circumstances, by abuse of a position of vulnerability or by giving or receiving remuneration or
benefits in order to obtain the consent of a person who has control over this other person
recruits, transports, transfers, harbours or receives another person with the intention of
exploiting this other person or removing his organs;
2°. recruits, transports, transfers, harbours or receives another person with the intention of
exploiting this other person or removing his organs whereas this person is under the age of
eighteen years;
3° recruits, removes or abducts another person with the intention of inducing this person to make
himself available for the performance of sexual acts with or for a third party for remuneration;
4° compels or persuades another person with one of the means referred to in 1° to make himself
available for the performance of work or services or to make his organs available or under the
circumstances referred to in 1°, takes any action which he knows or has reasonable cause to
suspect will lead that other person to make himself available for the performance of labour or
services or make his organs available;
5° induces another person to make himself available for the performance of sexual acts with or for
a third party for remuneration or make his organs available for remuneration or takes any action
in regard of another person which he knows or has reasonable cause to suspect will lead that
other person to make himself available for the performance of these acts or services or make
his organs available, whereas this person is under the age of eighteen years;
6° intentionally profits from the exploitation of another person;
7°intentionally profits from the removal of the organs of another person while he knows or has
reasonable cause to suspect that his organs have been removed under one of the
circumstances referred to in 1°;
8° intentionally profits from the sexual acts of another person with or for a third party for
remuneration or the removal of his organs for remuneration, whereas this other person is under
the age of eighteen years;
9° compels or induces another person by any of the means referred to in 1° to provide him with the
proceeds of his sexual acts with or for a third party or of the removal of his organs;
shall be guilty of human trafficking and as such shall be liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding
eight years or a fine of the fifth category.

2. Exploitation shall at least include exploitation of another person in prostitution, other forms of sexual
exploitation, forced or compulsory labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery or
servitude.
3. The offender shall be liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding twelve years or a fine of the
fifth category, if:
1°. the offences, defined in subsection (1), are committed by two or more persons in concert;
2°. the offences defined in subsection (1) have been committed against a person who is under the
age of sixteen years.
4. If any of the offences defined in subsection (1) results in grievous bodily harm or is likely to
endanger the life of another person, a term of imprisonment not exceeding fifteen years or a fine of
the fifth category shall be imposed.
5. If any of the offences defined in subsection (1) results in death, a term of imprisonment not
exceeding eighteen years or a fine of the fifth category shall be imposed.
6. Section 251 shall apply mutatis mutandis.

 

Section 274


Any person who engages in slave trading, for his own or another's account, or who intentionally
participates in it, either indirectly or directly, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding
twelve years or a fine of the fifth category.


Section 275


Any person who takes service or serves as a master on a vessel, knowing that it is intended for
slave trading, or employing it for that purpose, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment not
exceeding twelve years or a fine of the fifth category.
2. If the transportation results in the death of one or more slaves, the master shall be liable to a term
of imprisonment not exceeding fifteen years or a fine of the fifth category.


Section 276


Any person who takes service on a vessel as a crew member, knowing that it is intended for slave
trading or that it is employed for that purpose, or voluntarily continues his service on such vessel after
having learned of such purpose or employment, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment not
exceeding nine years or a fine of the fifth category.


Section 277


Any person who, for his own or another's account, either indirectly or directly, cooperates in the
leasing, hiring out or insuring of a vessel, knowing that it is intended for slave trading, shall be liable to
a term of imprisonment not exceeding eight years or a fine of the fifth category.


Section 278


Any person who takes another person across the borders of the Kingdom in Europe, with the intention
of unlawfully placing him under the control of another person or placing him in a powerless situation,
shall be guilty of kidnapping and shall be liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding twelve years
or a fine of the fifth category.

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