The Trafficking in Persons (Offences) Act is consistent with the international and regional standards in place for combating such trafficking, which it defines as “the employment, recruitment, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons for the purpose of exploitation” (art. 1). The Act prohibits all forms of trafficking in persons described in the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons. The Act describes the various kinds of trafficking in persons offences, for which it also prescribes penalties of up to 15 years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to 1 million riyals. These penalties are increased in certain cases where the victim is one of a particularly vulnerable group. The Act further underlines the principle that no consideration can be given to a plea that the victim consented to any of the offences for which it provides in article 5.
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A/HRC/WG.6/17/SAU/1, para 10