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The Law on Trafficking in Persons in Sri Lanka

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The main trafficking law is found in Section 360C of the Penal Code (Amendment) Act, No. 16 of 2006.

ACCORDING TO SECTION 360C OF THE PENAL CODE
Anyone who buys, sells or barters another person for money or any other benefit commits the criminal offence of trafficking.
A person who instigates or helps another person to buy, sell or barter any person too is guilty of the crime of trafficking.
Doing anything to promote, facilitate or induce the buying, selling or bartering of any person is also a crime.
Recruiting, transporting, transferring, harbouring or receiving persons hoping to use them as forced labour, slaves, for their organs, prostitution or any other form of sexual exploitation is a crime.
Threatening, forcing, misleading or exploiting the vulnerability in order to push someone into forced labour, slavery, prostitution, selling their organs is a criminal offence.
When it comes to children, the fact that the child has given consent or not, is immaterial.

The 2006 Amendment to the Penal Code draws on the language of the international instrument known as the Palermo Protocol. However, the Protocol definition is broader. The Sri Lankan Penal Code provisions do not state that in the case of an adult consent is not relevant.

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