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Human Trafficking for the Purpose of Sexual Exploitation in Germany

Provisions relating to human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Eighteen, under the heading “Offences Against Personal Freedom,” located in Section 232 Human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, which reads: (1) Whosoever exploits another persons predicament or helplessness arising from being in a foreign country in order to induce them to engage in or continue to engage in prostitution, to engage in exploitative sexual activity with or in the presence of the offender or a third person or to suffer sexual acts on his own person by the offender or a third person shall be liable to imprisonment from six months to ten years. Whosoever induces a person under twenty-one years of age to engage in or continue to engage in prostitution or any of the sexual activity mentioned in the 1st sentence above shall incur the same penalty. (2) The attempt shall be punishable. (3) The penalty shall be imprisonment from one to ten years if the victim 1. is a child (section 176 (1)); 2. the offender through the act seriously physically abuses the victim or places the victim in danger of death; or the offender commits the offence on a commercial basis or as a member of a gang whose purpose is the continued commission of such offences. 3. (4) The penalty under subsection (3) above shall be imposed on any person who induces another person by force, threat of serious harm or by deception to engage in or continue to engage in prostitution or any of the sexual activity mentioned in subsection (1) 1st sentence above or 1. gains physical control of another person by force, threat of serious harm or deception to induce them to engage in or continue to engage in prostitution or any of the sexual activity mentioned in subsection (1) 1st sentence above. 2. (5) In less serious cases under subsection (1) above the penalty shall be imprisonment from three months to five years, in less serious cases under subsections (3) and (4) above imprisonment from six months to five years.

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  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation is current as of 2010

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