Section 270.6 Criminal Code Act | Sexual Servitude


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The Legislation

Section 270.6 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is Sexual Servitude and is extracted below.

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270.6 Sexual servitude offences

(1) A person:

(a) whose conduct causes another person to enter into or remain in sexual servitude; and

(b) who intends to cause, or is reckless as to causing, that sexual servitude;

is guilty of an offence.

Penalty:

(c) in the case of an aggravated offence (see section 270.8)—imprisonment for 20 years; or

(d) in any other case—imprisonment for 15 years.

(2) A person:

(a) who conducts any business that involves the sexual servitude of other persons; and

(b) who knows about, or is reckless as to, that sexual servitude;

is guilty of an offence.

Penalty:

(c) in the case of an aggravated offence (see section 270.8)—imprisonment for 20 years; or

(d) in any other case—imprisonment for 15 years.

(3) In this section:

conducting a business includes:

(a) taking any part in the management of the business; or

(b) exercising control or direction over the business; or

(c) providing finance for the business.

Sexual Servitude is defined as follows:

(1) For the purposes of this Division, sexual servitude is the condition of a person who provides sexual services and who, because of the use of force or threats:

(a) is not free to cease providing sexual services; or

(b) is not free to leave the place or area where the person provides sexual services.

(2) In this section:

threat means:

(a) a threat of force; or

(b) a threat to cause a person’s deportation; or

(c) a threat of any other detrimental action unless there are reasonable grounds for the threat of that action in connection with the provision of sexual services by a person.