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Section 268.84 Criminal Code Act 1995
National War Crime Enforced Prostitution

Section 268.84 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is National War Crime Enforced Prostitution and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

268.84  War crime—enforced prostitution

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

(a)  the perpetrator causes one or more persons to engage in one or more acts of a sexual nature without the consent of the person or persons, including by being reckless as to whether there is consent; and

(b)  the perpetrator intends that he or she, or another person, will obtain pecuniary or other advantage in exchange for, or in connection with, the acts of a sexual nature; and

(c)  the perpetrator’s conduct takes place in the context of, and is associated with, an armed conflict that is not an international armed conflict.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 25 years.

(2)  In subsection (1):

consent means free and voluntary agreement.

The following are examples of circumstances in which a person does not consent to an act:

(a)           the person submits to the act because of force or the fear of force to the person or to someone else;

(b)           the person submits to the act because the person is unlawfully detained;

(c)           the person is asleep or unconscious, or is so affected by alcohol or another drug as to be incapable of consenting;

(d)           the person is incapable of understanding the essential nature of the act;

(e)           the person is mistaken about the essential nature of the act (for example, the person mistakenly believes that the act is for medical or hygienic purposes);

(f)            the person submits to the act because of psychological oppression or abuse of power;

(g)           the person submits to the act because of the perpetrator taking advantage of a coercive environment.

threat of force or coercion includes:

(a)  a threat of force or coercion such as that caused by fear of violence, duress, detention, psychological oppression or abuse of power; or

(b)  taking advantage of a coercive environment.

(3)  In subsection (1), being reckless as to whether there is consent to one or more acts of a sexual nature includes not giving any thought to whether or not the person is consenting to the act or acts of a sexual nature.

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