Title Law No. 164 Punishment for the Crime of Trafficking in Persons amending Penal Code (Legislative decree No. 340) and Code of Criminal Procedure (Act No. 328 of 7 August 2001)
 

Date of adoption

 

 

24 August 2011

 

 

Entry into force

 

 

1 September 2011

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Official source: Al-Jarida al-Rasmiya No. 40 p. 3267 of 1 September 2011

Abstract
 

In August 2011, Parliament passed Anti-Trafficking Law Number 164, which prohibits and punishes all forms of trafficking. The prescribed penalties for sex trafficking and forced labor range from five to 15 years’ imprisonment, which are sufficiently stringent and commensurate with those prescribed for other serious crimes, such as rape. Lebanon’s criminal code also prohibits all forms of human trafficking, though prosecutions usually rely on Article 554 (personal injuries) rather than articles prohibiting forced labor, slavery, or forced prostitution. A labor law amendment that would extend legal protections to foreign workers has not yet been submitted to the cabinet by the Ministry of Labor; as drafted, however, the amendment did not cover foreign domestic workers, who constitute the majority of foreign migrant workers in Lebanon.

 

    • Article 1: a new Chapter Three entitled “Trafficking in Persons” is added to Chapter Eight of Book Two of the Penal Code.

 

    • Article 2: The texts of Articles 524 and 525 of the Penal Code are repealed and superseded by new texts.

 

    • Article 3: The phrase, “or making him commit it [the crime],” shall be deleted from the text of Articles 508 and 509 of the Penal Code.

 

    • The phrase, “or making him commit it [the crime],” shall be deleted from the text of Article 510 of the Penal Code.

 

    • Article 4: Persons who are being persecuted before this Law goes into effect, shall be punished pursuant to the provisions of Articles 524 and 525 of the Penal Code by imposing upon them the penalties that are stipulated in these two Articles before they were amended pursuant to this Law.

 

    • Article 5: New Section is added to the Criminal Procedure Law after the Seventh Section of said Law: Section Seven bis “Protection Procedures in the Crime of Trafficking in Persons”.