Article 274


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Criminal liability Debt bondage

Article 274 criminalises debt bondage and imposes a penalty of 4 months to 2 years and 4 months on anyone who makes another render services under compulsion in payment of debt.


Arresto mayor in its maximum period is defined as imprisonment of between 4 months and 1 day to 6 months. 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 (see Article 76).

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Article 274. The penalty of arresto mayor in its maximum period to prision correccional in its minimum period shall be imposed upon any person who, in order to require or enforce the payment of a debt, shall compel the debtor to work for him, against his will, as household servant or farm laborer.

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.