Article 15

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Article 15 sets out the penalties for the aggravated offence of human trafficking, imposing a sentence of up to 15 years imprisonment and a fine of up to 300,000 Riyals.

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Article 15. A person who has committed an offence of human trafficking shall be punished by imprisonment for a period not exceeding fifteen (15) years and a fine not exceeding three hundred thousand (300,000) Riyals, in the following cases:

  1. If the victim was a female, a child, an incapable person or a person with disabilities.
  2. If the crime resulted in the death of the victim or caused him to suffer a permanent disability or an incurable disease.
  3. If the perpetrator was a spouse, one of the ascendants or descendants, custodian or guardian of the victim, or has authority over the victim.
  4. If the act was committed by threat of death, serious harm or physical or psychological torture; or by a person carrying a weapon.
  5. If the perpetrator was a public employee or was assigned to carry out a public service and committed the crime by exploiting this capacity.
  6. If the crime was committed by an organised criminal group and the accused person was one of its members.
  7. If the crime was of a transnational nature.

Law / Qatar / Law No. 15 of 2011 concerning combating Human Trafficking

Trafficking in persons is criminalized in Qatar under Law No. 15 of 2011 on Combatting Human Trafficking, and punished with imprisonment for a maximum term of 7 years and a fine of up to 250,000 Qatar Riyals, and in particular aggravating circumstances, it can result in a maximum fine of 300,000 Qatar Riyals and up to 15 years imprisonment.

This law imports its definition of human trafficking from the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Art. 22 establishes the liability of legal persons for crimes of human trafficking committed by their employees or representatives in their name and for their interest.