Section 10

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Criminal liability Human trafficking

Under section 10, kidnapping a person with intent to commit the offence of human trafficking is established as a criminal offence, and is punished with 5 to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine.

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Section 10. Penalty for kidnapping stealing and confining with intent to commit the offence of human trafficking.

(1) if any person kidnaps conceals or confines any other person with intent to commit the offence of human trafficking, he shall be deemed to have committed an offence and shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 (ten) years but not inferior to 5 (five) years and with fine of at least taka 20 (twenty) thousand.

(2) If any person steals or kidnaps a new born baby from any hospital, nursing home, maternity clinic, child-care centre or the custody of parents of the new born baby with the intent to commit an offence, he shall be deemed to have committed an offence and shall be punished with imprisonment for life or with rigorous imprisonment for a term not inferior to 5 (five) years and a minimum fine of 50 (fifty) thousand.

Law / 20 February 2012 / Bangladesh / Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act 2012

The Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act 2012 criminalises all forms of human trafficking and punishes the offence of trafficking with 5 years to life imprisonment and a fine. Furthermore, the Act explicitly criminalises forced labour and debt bondage, and prescribes a penalty ranging from 5 to 12 years’ imprisonment and a fine. The Act also provides for the establishment of a Human Trafficking Prevention Fund, as well as a National Anti-Trafficking Authority. Additionally, the Act contains provisions on the protection and rehabilitation of victims, including access to compensation and legal and psychological counselling.