Article 273

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Child labour Coercive, unfair or deceptive recruitment Criminal liability Debt bondage

Article 273 criminalises child bonded labour and imposes  a penalty of 6 months to 2 years and 4 months and a fine not exceeding 500 pesos on anyone who employs a child against their will, under the pretext of repaying a debt incurred by an ascendant (parent) or guardian.

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Prision correccional translates as correctional prison and the minimum period is defined as between 6 months and 1 day to 2 years and 4 months and its medium period defined as between 2 years, 4 months and 1 day to 4 years and 2 months (see Article 27).

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Article 273. The penalty of prision correccional in its minimum and medium periods and a fine not exceeding 500 pesos shall be imposed upon anyone who, under the pretext of reimbursing himself of a debt incurred by an ascendant, guardian or person entrusted with the custody of a minor, shall, against the latter’s will, retain him in his service.

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.