Slavery in Liechtenstein

Introduction

 

It is difficult to find violations in Liechtenstein. Only one instance of prosecution for trafficking has been found. The country has good laws in place to help control trafficking and slavery. Much of what happens in Liechtenstein is a reflection of the same in Switzerland

 

The law prohibits the prostitution of minors. Penalties for the sexual exploitation of minors range from one to 10 years’ imprisonment. The law sets the minimum age for consensual sex at 14; penalties for statutory rape are between one and 10 years’ imprisonment. Possession or distribution of child pornography is a criminal offense, with penalties ranging from monetary fines to six months in prison.

International Child Abductions: The country is not a party to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

 

 

Legislation

 

Constitution of the Principality of Liechtenstein of 5 October 1921 (As amended)

 

Art. 28

1) Every citizen shall be freely entitled to reside in any locality within the territory of the State

 

Liechtenstein Penal Code (StGB) of 24 June 1987

 

Art. 99 Detention

1) Whoever holds another unlawfully imprisoned or otherwise deprives him of personal liberty shall be punished with imprisonment up to three years.

 

Art. 104 Slave trade

1) Whoever drives the slave trade shall be punished with imprisonment from ten to twenty years.

2) Whoever causes anyone else to be enslaved or put in a situation similar to slavery, or slavery-like situation shall receive the same punishment .

 

Art. 104a Human Trafficking

1) Whoever holds 1st a minor or 2nd an adult using unfair means against the person with the intent that they are sexually exploited by the removal of organs or going into forced labour, by recruiting, or otherwise accommodates or transports another shall be punished with imprisonment up to three years.