Deceptive recruiting for labor or services is criminalised in Division 270 Subdivision C of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) (Criminal Code)

Under s 270.7 of the Criminal Code it is an offence to engage in conduct with the intention of inducing another person (the victim) to enter into an engagement to provide labour or services if the conduct causes the victim to be deceived about:

  • The extent to which they will be free to leave the place or area where the labour or services are provided; or
  • The extent to which they will be free to cease providing the labour or services; or
  • The extent to which they will be free to leave his or her place of residence; or
  • If there is or will be a debt owed or claimed to be owed by the victim in connection with the engagement – the quantum, or the existence, of the debt owed or claimed to be owed; or
  • The fact that the engagement will involve exploitation, or the confiscation of the victim’s travel or identity documents; or
  • If the the engagement is to involve the provision of sexual services – the fact, or the nature of sexual services to be provided (for example, whether those services will require the victim to have unprotected sex)

Each offence carries a maximum penalty of 9 years imprisonment.

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