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Name: Prevention and Suppression of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Proclamation No. 909/2015.
Country: Ethiopia
Subject(s): Elimination of forced labour; Criminal and penal law
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 2015-08-15
Entry into force:
Published on: Federal Negarit Gazette, 2015-08-17, pp. 8318-8348
ISN: ETH-2015-L-101059
Bibliography: Federal Negarit Gazette, 2015-08-17, pp. 8318-8348
Legislation on-line Legislation on-line House of People's Representatives, Ethiopia PDF in English and Amharic PDF in English and Amharic (consulted on 2017-04-03)
Abstract/Citation: 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.
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