Slavery in Andorra

Overview

 

The law does not prohibit trafficking in persons; however, there are no reports that persons were trafficked to, from, or within the country. No formal structure for action against forced labor exists. Nevertheless, no reports of such practices are evident.

 

The law does not prohibit forced and compulsory labor, including by children; however, there were no reports that such practices occurred.

 

The law prohibits children under the age of 18 from working, except in very limited circumstances. The labor inspection office in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Public Health, and Labor effectively enforced child labor regulations.

 

There were no confirmed reports during the year that the country was a source, destination, or transit country for victims of human trafficking.

 

Slavery and trafficking for labor exploitation are punishable by a minimum of four years and a maximum of 12 years in prison.

 

Legislation

 

The Andorra Constitution

 

Article 8 1. The Constitution recognises the right to life and fully protects it in its different phases.

 

Article 9 1 All persons have the right to liberty and security and shall only be deprived of them on such grounds and in accordance with such procedures as are established in the Constitution and the laws.

 

Article 392 2. All persons have the right to physical and moral integrity. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

 

The Penal Code

 

Article 214 Prohibits Prostitution and punishes with imprisonment up to a maximum term of six years any person who encourages, facilitates or promotes the same

 

Article 215 The penalty is augmented to ten years if the victims are minors or if the offence is committed by abusing a position of authority or a relationship in which the victim is in a lower wage -earning or hierarchical position.