Section 268.10 Criminal Code Act | Crimes Against Humanity Enslavement


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Section 268.10 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is Crimes Against Humanity Enslavement and is extracted below.

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268.10  Crime against humanity—enslavement

(1)  A person (the perpetrator) commits an offence if:

(a)  the perpetrator exercises any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership over one or more persons (including the exercise of a power in the course of trafficking in persons, in particular women and children); and

(b)  the perpetrator’s conduct is committed intentionally or knowingly as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 25 years.

(2)  In subsection (1):

exercises any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership over a person includes purchases, sells, lends or barters a person or imposes on a person a similar deprivation of liberty and also includes exercise a power arising from a debt incurred or contract made by a person.