Global Collection of human trafficking laws

"Warnath group experts have been involved in in-depth analysis - working with governments and civil society - to improve anti-trafficking laws and associated policies and practices in countries around the world."

– Stephen Warnath, CEO & President

international protocols & conventions

EUROPEAN UNION

    2011 Directive 2011/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims

national laws

AFGHANISTAN

    2018 Penal Code (Articles 510, 511, 512)

    2017 Law to Combat Crimes of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (available in Persian)

    2009 Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women

ALBANIA

ALGERIA

    2009 Criminal Code (Section 5) (available in French)

ANDORRA

    2005 Criminal Code (Articles 121, 134, 152, 252) (available in French)

ANGOLA

    2014 Law No. 3/14 (Chapter III, Articles 18-23) (available in Portuguese)

    2017 Penal Code

ARGENTINA

ARMENIA

ARUBA

    Criminal Code (as amended in 2006) (Articles 203a, 286a)

BELGIUM

    1995 Act Containing Measures to Repress Trafficking in Persons (as amended in 2005)

    2006 Law amending the Aliens Law of 15 December 1980 (Articles 61/2 to 61/15)

BOLIVIA

    2012 Law 263 (available in Spanish)

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

    2003 Criminal Code (as amended in 2016) (Articles 210a, 210b) (available in Bosnian)

BRAZIL

    2016 Law 13.344 (available in Portuguese)

    1940 Penal Code (as amended in 2017) (Articles 149, 231, 231-A) (available in Portuguese)

BULGARIA

BURKINA FASO

BURUNDI

    2014 Anti-Trafficking Law (available in French)

    1981 Criminal Code (as amended in 2009) (Articles 242, 243) (available in French)

    1993 Labor Law (Article 2) (available in French)

CABO VERDE

    2003 Penal Code (as amended in 2015) (Articles 148, 149, 271, 271A)

    2007 Labor Code (Article 14) (available in Portuguese)

CAMEROON

    2016 Penal Code (Section 432-1)  (Available in English and French; the two versions define “trafficking in persons” differently)

CANADA

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

    2010 Penal Code (Article 151)

    2009 Labor Code (Articles 7,8) (available in French)

CHAD

    1996 Constitution (Article 20)

    1996 Labor Code (Title 5) (Available in French)

    1967 Penal Code (Articles 279, 280) (2016 amendments forthcoming)

CHILE

    2011 Law 20.507 (available in Spanish)

    1874 Penal Code (as amended in 2017) (Article 367) (available in Spanish)

CHINA

    1979 Criminal Code (as amended in 2007) (Articles 240, 241, 244, 358, 359)

COLOMBIA

COMOROS

    2015 Law Countering Child Labor and Trafficking in Children (Article 6)

    1981 Penal Code (as amended in 1995) (Articles 310, 311, 323, 333) (available in French) (2014 amendments pending)

    1984 Labor Code (as amended in 2012) (Article 2) (1984 Code available in French; 2012 Amendments available in French)

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

    2009 Law 09/001 Child Protection Code (available in French)

    2006 Law 6/018 (Sexual Violence Statute) (available in French)

REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

    2015 (draft anti-trafficking legislation pending)

    2010 Child Protection Code (Article 60, Chapter 2)

    2002 Labor Code (Article 4)

COSTA RICA

    2012 Law 9095 (available in Spanish)

    1970 Criminal Code (as amended in 2010) (Articles 170, 171, 172, 189) (available in Spanish)

COTE D'IVOIRE

    2016 Law No. 2016-1111 Relating to the Fight Against Trafficking in Persons (Available in French)

    2010 Law No. 2010-272 Pertaining to the Prohibition of Child Trafficking and the Worst Forms of Child Labor

    1981 Penal Code (as amended in 2017) (Articles 335, 336, 376, 378) (Available in French)

CROATIA

    1997 Criminal Code (as amended in 2011) (Articles 105, 106) (Available in Croatian and English)

CUBA

    1987 Penal Code (as amended in 2009) (Articles 299.1, 300.1, 303, 310.1, 312.1, 316.1) [unofficial translation – source: Lawyers Without Borders UK]

    2014 Labor Code (Article 116)

CURACAO

    2011 Criminal Code (Article 2:239)

CYPRUS

    2014 Law 60(I)

CZECH REPUBLIC

DENMARK

DJIBOUTI

    2016 Law 133 On the Fight Against Trafficking in Persons and Illicit Smuggling of Migrants (available in French)

    2011 Law 111 Regarding the Fight Against Terrorism and Other Serious Crimes (available in French)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

    2003 Law 137-03 (available in Spanish)

    2003 Law 136-03 Code for the Protection and Fundamental Rights of Children and Adolescents (Article 25) (Available in Spanish)

    1884 Penal Code (as amended in 2007) (Article 334) (available in Spanish)

ECUADOR

    2014 Penal Code (Articles 91, 100, 101, 102, 105) (available in Spanish)

    2003 Children and Adolescents Code (Articles 69, 70, 81, 91) (available in Spanish)

EGYPT

EL SALVADOR

    2014 Special Law against Trafficking in Persons (available in Spanish)

    1997 Penal Code (as amended in 2017) (Article 367B) (available in Spanish)

ERITREA

ESTONIA

    2001 Penal Code (as amended in 2017) (Articles 133, 175)

ETHIOPIA

    2015 Proclamation No. 909/2015, To Provide for the Prevention and Suppression of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling Migrants (available in English and Amharic)

    2009 Proclamation No. 632/2009 of 2009, Employment Exchange Services Proclamation (available in English and Amharic)

FINLAND

FRANCE

    1992 Penal Code (as amended in 2016) (Article 225-4) (available in French)

GABON

    2004 Law 09/04 Concerning the Prevention and the Fight Against the Trafficking of Children in the Gabonese Republic (available in French) (2013 Draft Amendment pending)

    1963 Penal Code (Articles 48, 261)

    1994 Law 21/63-94

    1994 Law 3/94 Labor Code (Title 1, Article 4) (available in French)

THE GAMBIA

GEORGIA

GERMANY

    2016 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 (available in German)

    1971 Penal Code (as amended in 2013) (Sections 232, 233)

GREECE

GRENADA

    2014 Anti-Human Trafficking Act

GUATEMALA

    2009 Anti-Trafficking Law (available in Spanish)

GUINEA

    2016 Penal Code (Articles 323) (available in French)

    2010 Child Code (Articles 385-396)

GUINEA-BISSAU

    2011 Public Law 12/2011 (available in Portuguese)

    2009 Child Code

HONDURAS

    2012 Decree 59-2012 (Anti-Trafficking Law) (available in Spanish)

HONG KONG

INDONESIA

IRAN

    2004 Law on Combating Human Trafficking (available in Persian)

JAPAN

    1907 Penal Code (as amended in 2006) (Articles 226-2, 227)

    1956 Prostitution Prevention Law (Articles 7, 10, 12)

    1947 Labor Standards Act (as amended in 2008) (Article 5)

    1947 Employment Security Law (as amended in 2007) (Article 63)

    1947 Child Welfare Law (Amended 2007) (available in Japanese)

JORDAN

    2009 Anti-Human Trafficking Law

KUWAIT

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

LAOS

    2015 Anti-Trafficking Law (Article 134) (available in Lao, English)

    1990 Criminal Code (Article 134) (available in English)

LATVIA

    1998 Criminal Code (as amended in 2013) (Sections 154-1, 154-2, 164, 165-1)

LEBANON

LESOTHO

LIBYA

    1953 Penal Code (articles 418, 419, 420, 425, 426)(as amended in 2014) (available in Arabic)

LITHUANIA

LUXEMBOURG

    1879 Criminal Code (as amended in 2017) (Articles 382-1, 382-2) (available in French)

    Bill No. 7008

MACEDONIA

    1996 Criminal Code (as amended in 2013) (Articles 418-a, 418-d) (available in Macedonian)

MADAGASCAR

MALAYSIA

MALDIVES

    2013 Prevention of Human Trafficking Act (Articles 14, 15, 16)

MALI

    2012 Law 2012-023 Relating to the Combat against Trafficking in Persons and Similar Practices (available in French)

MALTA

MAURITANIA

MAURITIUS

MEXICO

    2012 Anti-Trafficking Law (available in Spanish)

MOLDOVA

    2005 The Law on Preventing and Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings (available in English)

    2003 Labor Code (Article 7) (available in English)

    2002 Criminal Code (as amended in 2017) (Articles 165, 168, 206) (available in Romanian)

    1994 Constitution (Article 44) (available in English)

MONGOLIA

    2002 Criminal Code (as amended in 2017) (Articles 12.3, 13.1, 113, 124, 168) (available in Mongolian)

MONTENEGRO

    2007 Constitution (Articles 28, 63) (available in English)

    2003 Criminal Code (as amended in 2004) (Articles 210, 444, 445, 446)

MOROCCO

    2016 Anti-Human Trafficking Law (Law 27.14)

    1962 Penal Code (as amended in 2004) (Article 467-2, 475, 486, 497-499) (available in Arabic and in French)

    2003 Labor Code (Article 10) (available in French)

NETHERLANDS

    1881 Criminal Code (as amended in 2017) (Article 273f) (available in Dutch)

NEW ZEALAND

NICARAGUA

    2015 Law No.896 Against Human Trafficking (available in Spanish)

    1987 Constitution (as amended in 2005)(Article 40) (available in English)

    Penal Code, Law no. 641 (Articles 182, 183, 315)

NIGER

    2010 Order No. 2012-86 on Combating Trafficking in Persons

    1961 Penal Code (as amended in 2003) (Articles 270, 293, 181) (available in French)

    2012 Labor Code (available in French)

NORWAY

    1902 Penal Code (amended 2015) (Sections 257, 258)

OMAN

PANAMA

    2011 Law 79 (available in Spanish)

    2007 Penal Code (as amended in 2015) (Articles 180, 186, 456) (available in Spanish)

PARAGUAY

    2012 Law 4788 Comprehensive Anti-Trafficking Law (available in Spanish)

    Law 3440/08 (Articles 129b, 129c)

PERU

    1991 Penal Code (as amended in 2016) (Article 153)  (available in Spanish)

    Legislative Decree No. 1232 (Article 168-B)

POLAND

    1997 Criminal Code (as amended in 2016)(Articles 115.22, 115.23, 189a, 203, 204.3) (available in Polish)

PORTUGAL

    1982 Penal Code (as amended in 2017) (Articles 159, 160, 169, 175) (available in Portuguese)

    2003 Labor Code (as amended in 2017) (available in Portuguese)

ROMANIA

    2009 Criminal Code (as amended in 2012) (Article 210, 211, 367)

RUSSIA

    1996 Criminal Code (as amended in 2017) (Articles 127.1, 127.2) (available in Russian)

    Labor Code (Article 4)

SAUDI ARABIA

    2009 Suppression of the Trafficking in Persons Act (Royal Decree M/40) [translation – source: Protection Project]

SERBIA

    2005 Criminal Code (as amended in 2016) (Articles 388, 390) (available in Serbian)

SEYCHELLES

SINGAPORE

SLOVAK REPUBLIC

    2005 Criminal Code (as amended in 2017) (Section 179) (available in Slovak)

SLOVENIA

    2008 Criminal Code (as amended in 2012) (Articles 112, 113, 175) (available in Slovenian, English)

SOMOLIA

SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH SUDAN

SPAIN

    1995 Criminal Code (as amended in 2015) (Article 177 bis) (available in Spanish)

SURINAME

    1911 Criminal Code (as amended in 2015) (Articles 307, 334) (available in Dutch)

SWITZERLAND

    1937 Penal Code (as amended in 2017) (Articles 180, 181, 182, 195, 196)

SYRIA

TAJIKISTAN

    1998 Criminal Code (as amended in 2011) (Articles 130.1, 130.2, 132, 167, 241.2)

THAILAND

    2016 Beggar Control Act (available in Thai)

    2008 Anti-Trafficking Law

    Criminal Code (as amended in 2008) (Sections 282, 283, 312, 312 bis) (available in English

TIMOR-LESTE

TOGO

TUNISIA

    2016 Law No. 61 Relating to the Prevention and the Fight Against Human Trafficking (available in French)

    1913 Penal Code (as amended in 2012) (available in French)

TURKEY

    2004 Criminal Code (as amended in 2016) (Articles 80, 117, 227(1))

TURKMENISTAN

    2016 Anti-Trafficking Law

    1997 Criminal Code (as amended in 2016) (Article 129, 129 (1))

UKRAINE

UNITED KINGDOM

URUGUAY

    2008 Immigration Law (Articles 78, 79, 81) (available in Spanish)

    1967 Penal Code (as amended in 2014) (Articles 280, 281)

    2004 Sexual Violence Law No. 17.815 (Article 6) (available in Spanish)

    1927 Law No. 8.080 (available in Spanish

UZBEKISTAN

    1994 Criminal Code  (as amended in 2002) (Article 135, 138)

    Constitution (Article 37)

    Labor Code (Article 7)

    Administrative Code (Article 51)

    Law on Guarantees of the Rights of the Child (Article 14)

VENEZUELA

    2007 Law on Women’s Rights (available in Spanish)

    2005 Law on Organized Crime (as amended in 2012)  (available in Spanish)

VIETNAM

    1999 Penal Code (as amended in 2015) (Articles 119, 120, 150, 151)

YEMEN

    1994 Penal Code (Article 248, 279)

    2002 Child Rights Law (Article 161

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