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  1. Ethiopia - Elimination of forced labour - Law, Act

    Prevention and Suppression of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Proclamation No. 909/2015. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2015-08-15 | ETH-2015-L-101059

    The Proclamation contains seven parts and 50 articles. It defines the offence of trafficking in persons, assisting and facilitating trafficking in persons as well as smuggling migrants. Details the penalties for each of the offences, which are increased when the victim of trafficking or smuggling is a child, a woman or a person with a disability, or suffers any psychological or physical harm or when the trafficker or smuggler uses drugs, medicine or weapons or is a person in the public service, a civil servant or a recidivist.

    Consent cannot be used as a defence if the victim is a child or if the consent was obtained, inter alia, by a means of threat, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or by using the vulnerability or by giving or receiving bribe or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person.

    The Proclamation also sets out procedures for the investigation of smuggling and trafficking offences as well as establishing procedures for the protection and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking. It establishes a Fund to prevent, control and rehabilitate victims of crime of trafficking in human and smuggling of migrants and establishes a national committee to oversee the implementation of the law.

    Repeals Articles 243, 596, 597, 598, 599 and 635 of the Criminal Code of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

  2. Germany - Elimination of forced labour - Law, Act

    Act to improve the fight against Human Trafficking and to amend the Federal Central Register Law as well as the Eighth Book of the Social Code. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Bekämpfung des Menschenhandels und zur Änderung des Bundeszentralregistergesetzes sowie des Achten Buches Sozialgesetzbuch) - Act on-line in German

    Adoption: 2016-10-11 | Date of entry into force: 2016-10-15 | DEU-2016-L-104013

    The Act incorporates the Directive 2011/36/UE into German legal system.
    Article 1. Amendment to the Penal Code:
    §232 Human trafficking
    §232a Forced prostitution (new)
    §232b Forced labour (new)
    §233 Exploitation of labour force
    §233a Exploitation taking advantage of a deprivation of liberty
    Article 2. Amendment to the Federal Central Register Act
    Article 3. Amendment to the Social Code - Book VIII - Children and Youth
    Article 4. Further amendments
    Article 5. Restriction of basic rights
    Article 6. Entry into force.

  3. Poland - Elimination of forced labour - Law, Act

    Act of 21st October 2016 on ratification of the Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29), adopted in Geneva on the 11th June 2014 (Text No. 1942). (Ustawa z dnia 21 pazdziernika 2016 r. o ratyfikacji Protokolu do Konwencji nr 29 dotyczacej pracy przymusowej z 1930 r., przyjetego w Genewie w dniu 11 czerwca 2014 r.) - Act on-line in Polish

    Adoption: 2016-10-21 | Date of entry into force: 2016-12-16 | POL-2016-L-103912

    Permission to ratify the Protocol to the Convention No. 29 on Forced labour of 1930, by the President of the Republic of Poland.

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