Article 22



Coercive, unfair or deceptive recruitment Corporate criminal liability Criminal liability Economic sanctions Forced labour Group or joint liability Human trafficking Slavery

Article 22 establishes the criminal liability of legal persons and of the persons responsible for the management of legal persons (companies, corporations, etc.) for crimes of human trafficking committed by their employees or representatives in their name and for their interest.


While the law establishes the liability of corporate and individual persons for crime of human trafficking, according to the 2015 US TIP Report, the government has never prosecuted any exploitative employers or recruitment agencies under the 2011 anti-trafficking law.

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Article 22. The person responsible for the actual management of a body corporate is punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years and a fine of not more than Qr 200,000 (two hundred thousand) if any of the crimes stipulated in this law is committed by one of the staff persons of this body corporate in the name and for the benefit of this responsible person, if it is proven that such a crime was committed under his knowledge or If the crime has occurred due to breach of the duties.

The corporate body is jointly liable for the payment of the financial penalties if the crime was committed by one of its workers in its own name and for its interest.

The court may order mutatis mutandis the suspension of the activity of the body corporate for a period not exceeding two years or to cancel or revoke its license, as the case may be.

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.