Criminal Code Act 1995

Schedule - The Criminal Code  

Section 3

CHAPTER 8 - OFFENCES AGAINST HUMANITY AND RELATED OFFENCES  

Division 270 - Slavery and slavery-like offences  

Subdivision B - Slavery  

SECTION 270.3   Slavery offences  

(1)  
A person who, whether within or outside Australia, intentionally:


(aa) reduces a person to slavery; or


(a) possesses a slave or exercises over a slave any of the other powers attaching to the right of ownership; or


(b) engages in slave trading; or


(c) enters into any commercial transaction involving a slave; or


(d) exercises control or direction over, or provides finance for:


(i) any act of slave trading; or

(ii) any commercial transaction involving a slave;

commits an offence.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 25 years.

(2)  
A person who:


(a) whether within or outside Australia:


(i) enters into any commercial transaction involving a slave; or

(ii) exercises control or direction over, or provides finance for, any commercial transaction involving a slave; or

(iii) exercises control or direction over, or provides finance for, any act of slave trading; and


(b) is reckless as to whether the transaction or act involves a slave, slavery, slave trading or the reduction of a person to slavery;

commits an offence.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 17 years.

(3)  
In this section:

slave trading
includes:


(a) the capture, transport or disposal of a person with the intention of reducing the person to slavery; or


(b) the purchase or sale of a slave.

commercial transaction involving a slave
includes a commercial transaction by which a person is reduced to slavery.

(4)  
A person who engages in any conduct with the intention of securing the release of a person from slavery does not commit an offence against this section.

(5)  
The defendant bears a legal burden of proving the matter mentioned in subsection (4) .


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