Section 18

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Criminal liability Human trafficking

Section 18 establishes a legal presumption that a person in whose custody or control the victim or any material used for committing a human trafficking offence is found, is considered to have committed an offence of human trafficking.

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Section 18. Legal presumption as to commission of offence.— Where any victim of trafficking or any material used for the commission of the offence of trafficking is rescued or recovered from the custody or a place under the direct control of any person and if such person reasonably doubts to be, or is identified by the victim to be the trafficker, the person may be me presumed, unless the contrary is proved, to have committed the offence of human trafficking under this Act.

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.