Article 318 criminalises depriving another of his or her freedom, as well as kidnapping, or unlawfully arresting or detaining someone.
Article 318. Whoever unlawfully, kidnaps or abducts, or holds, detains, or deprives any person of their freedom shall be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years. Punishment with imprisonment for a term not exceeding fifteen years shall apply in the following cases:
1- If the offender unlawfully wears an official uniform, holds a public employee’s badge, impersonates, or shows a fake order of arrest, and claims it to be issued by competent authorities.
2- If the act was committed by fraud or use of or threat of death, or through physical or psychological torture.
3- If the act was committed by two or more than two people or by an armed person.
4- If the period of abduction, arrest, detention or deprivation of liberty exceeds fifteen days.
5- If the purpose of the act is a ransom, to assault, hurt, or oblige the victim to commit adultery or a crime.
6- If the crime is committed on a public employee during or due to their duties.
7- If the victim is a woman, a minor, a person of diminished capacity.
Capital punishment or life imprisonment shall be imposed if the crime leads to the death of the victim.
Law / 10 May 2004 /Qatar / Law No. 11 of 2004 (Criminal Code)
The Penal Code sets out a number of provisions making it a criminal offence to abduct, detain or deprive any person of their freedom, to deal in slaves or to force a person to work. It also criminalizes a number of practices that tend to be connected to human trafficking, such as money laundering or fraud.