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Mozambique: New Law Punishes Trafficking in Persons

(May 2, 2008) In April 2008, the Mozambican Parliament approved a law specifically criminalizing trafficking in persons. According to the new law, trafficking in persons is defined as the recruiting, transporting, or harboring of a person, by any means, under the pretext of domestic or foreign employment, education, or apprenticeship. The use of individuals for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, or involuntary slavery or servitude to pay off debts is also considered to constitute trafficking in persons. The application of the law does not depend on the complaint of the victim and punishes with up to 12 years in prison anyone who traffics in persons, especially in women and children. (Parlamento Aprova Lei que Pune Tráfico Pessoas com Prisão Até 12 Anos, NOTÍCIAS LUSÓFONAS, Apr. 10, 2008.)