Article 272


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Criminal liability Slavery

Article 272 criminalises slavery and imposes a penalty of 6 to 12 years and a fine not exceeding 10,000 pesos on anyone who purchases, sells, or detains a human being for the purpose of slavery.


Prision mayor translates as ‘major imprisonment’ and is defined in Article 27 as being between 6 years and 1 day to 12 years. The ‘maximum period’ is between 10 years and 1 day to 12 years. ‘Immoral traffic’ is not defined by the Act.

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Article 272. The penalty of prision mayor and a fine of not exceeding 10,000 pesos shall be imposed upon anyone who shall purchase, sell, kidnap or detain a human being for the purpose of enslaving him. If the crime be committed for the purpose of assigning the offended party to some immoral traffic, the penalty shall be imposed in its maximum period.

Law / Philippines / Penal Code (as revised by Act No. 3815 An Act Revising The Penal Code And Other Penal Laws Crimes Against Liberty)

The Philippine Penal Code criminalises slavery, child debt bondage and peonage or involuntary servitude.