Criminal liability Human trafficking
Under section 17, any person may file a complaint in case of commission of any offence under the Human Trafficking Act 2012.
Section 17. Filing of complaints.
(1) In case of commission of any offence under this Act, any offence under this Act, any person may file a complaint regarding the offence to the police or to the Tribunal, and the police shall provide with necessary security to such complaint and conceal his identity unless otherwise required for the purpose of any legal proceeding.
(2) The Government may, if it thinks fit, appoint one or more Special Prosecutors (Public Prosecutors) to conduct cases before the Tribunal.
(3) If the Tribunal submits any report to the Government against a Special Prosecutor appointed under sub-section (2) regarding any serious negligence of his duty, the Government shall remove or replace the Public Prosecutor.
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.