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Criminal Code

(in force since 1 January 1997)

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Chapter 20: Crimes against the Family and Minors

Article 152

Trade in Children

1. Buying and selling a minor, or performing any deals in regard to a minor in the form of his transfer and ownership of him are punishable by compulsory work for a period of from 180 to 240 hours, or by correctional work for a term of from 1 to 2 years, or by limitation of freedom for a term of up to 3 years, or by imprisonment for a term of up to 5 years.

2. The same actions performed:

a. repeatedly;

b. in regard to two or more minors;

c. by a group of persons by preliminary agreement or by an organised group;

d. by a person who uses his official position;

e. with unlawful summoning of the minor abroad or his unlawful return from abroad;

f. for the purpose of involving the minor in commission of a crime or other anti-social actions;

g. for the purpose of removing organs or tissues for transplantation from the minor,are punishable by imprisonment for a term of from 3 to 10 years.

3. Actions specified in parts one or two of the present article, which through negligence entail the death of the minor or other grave consequences, are punishable by imprisonment for a term of from 5 to 15 years.

Article 240

Involvement in engaging in prostitution

1. Involvement in engaging in prostitution by means of application of force or threat of its application, blackmail, destruction or damage to property, or by means of fraud are punishable by a fine in the amount of from 200 to 500 times the amount of the minimal labour wage or in the amount of the wages or other income of the convicted person for a period of from 2 to 5 months, or by imprisonment for a term of up to 4 years.

2. The same action, performed by an organised group is punishable by a fine in the amount of from 700 to 1000 times the amount of the minimal labour wage or in the amount of the wages or other income of the convicted persons for a period of from 7 months to 1 year, or by imprisonment for a term of from 3 to 6 years.

Article 241

Organisation or maintenance of dens for engaging in prostitution

Organisation or maintenance of dens for engaging in prostitution is punishable by a fine in the amount of from 700 to 1,000 times the amount of the minimal labour wage or in the amount of the wages or other income of the convicted person for a period of from 7 months to 1 year, or by imprisonment for a term of up to 5 years.

Article 242

Unlawful distribution of pornographic materials or objects

Unlawful preparation for purposes of distribution or advertisement of pornographic materials or objects, and likewise the unlawful trade in printed matter, films, or video materials, depictions or other objects of a pornographic character are punishable by a fine in the amount of from 500 to 800 times the amount of the minimal labour wage or in the amount of the labour wage or other income of the convicted person for a period of from 5 to 8 months, or by imprisonment for a term up to 2 years.

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