Section 9

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Section 9 criminalises forced labour and debt bondage,  and prescribes a penalty ranging from 5 to 12 years’ imprisonment and a fine for this offence.

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Section 9. Penalty for forced or bonded labour or services– If any person unlawfully forces another person against his / her will or compels a person to provide labour or services or holds a person in debt bondage with the purpose of extracting from the person any work or services by using force or other means of coercion or threats, he shall be deemed to have committed an offence and shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 ( twelve) years but not less than 5 (five) years, and fine not inferior to taka 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.