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Chapter XXXIII. Crimes of Kidnapping and Buying or Selling of Human Beings


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Article 224. (Kidnapping of Minors)


A person who kidnaps a minor by force or enticement shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not less than 3 months but not more than 7 years.


Article 225. (Kidnapping for Profit)


A person who kidnaps another by force or enticement for the purpose of profit,indecency, marriage or threat to the life or body shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not less than 1 year but not more than 10 years.


Article 225-2. (Kidnapping for Ransom)


(1) A person who kidnaps another by force or enticement, for the purpose of causing the kidnapped person's relatives or any other person who would be concerned about the kidnapped person's safety to deliver any property, taking advantage of such concern, shall be punished by imprisonment with work for life or for a definite term of not less than 3 years.


(2) The same shall apply to a person, who having kidnapped another by force or enticement, causes or demands the kidnapped person's relatives or any other

person who would be concerned about the kidnapped person's safety to deliver any property, taking advantage of such concern.


Article 226. (Kidnapping for Transportation out of a Country)


A person who kidnaps another by force or enticement for the purpose of transporting another from one country to another country shall be punished by imprisonment with work for a definite term of not less than 2 years.


Article 226-2 (Buying or Selling of Human Beings)


(1) A person who buys another shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not less than 3 months but not more than 5 years.

(2) A person who buys a minor shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not less than 3 months but not more than 7 years.

(3)A person who buys another for the purpose of profit, indecency, marriage or threat to the life or body, shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not less than 1 year but not more than 10 years,

(4) The preceding paragraph shall apply to a person who sells another.

(5) A person who sells or buys another for the purpose of transporting him/her from one country to another country shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not less than 2 years.


Article 226-3 (Transportation of Kidnapped Persons out of a Country) A person who transports another kidnapped by force or enticement or another who has been bought or sold, from one country to another country, shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not less than 2 years.


Article 227. (Delivery of Kidnapped Persons)

(1) A person who, for the purpose of aiding another who has committed any of thecrime proscribed under Articles 224, 225 or the preceding three Articles, delivers, receives, transports or hides a person who has been kidnapped by force or enticement or has been bought or sold, shall be punished by imprisonment with

work for not less than 3 months but not more than 5 years.

(2) A person who, for the purpose of aiding another who has committed the crime proscribed under paragraph 1 of Article 225-2, delivers, receives, transports or

hides a person who has been kidnapped shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not less than 1 year but not more than 10 years.

(3) A person who, for the purpose of profit, indecency or threat to the life or body,receives a person who has been kidnapped or sold, shall be punished byimprisonment with work for not less than 6 months but not more than 7 years.

  1. (4)A person who, for purpose proscribed under paragraph 1 of Article 225-2, receives a person who has been kidnapped shall be punished by imprisonment with work for a definite term of not less than 2 years. The same shall apply to a person, who has received a kidnapped person and causes or demands such person's relative or any other person who would be concerned about the safety of the kidnapped person to deliver any property, taking advantage of such concern.


Article 228. (Attempts)

An attempt of the crimes proscribed under Articles 224, 225, paragraph 1 of Article 225-2, Articles 226 through 226-3 and paragraphs 1 through 3 and the first sentence of paragraph 4 of the preceding Article shall be punished.


Article 228-2. (Reduction of Punishment in the Case of Release)

In cases where a person who has committed the crime proscribed under Article


225-2 or paragraph 2 or 4 of Article 227 releases the kidnapped person in a safe location before being prosecuted, the punishment shall be reduced.


Article 228-3. (Preparation for Kidnapping for Ransom)

A person who prepares for commission of the crime proscribed under paragraph 1 of Article 225-2 shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not more than 2 years; provided, however, that the person who surrenders him/herself before the person commences the crime shall be reduced or exculpated.


Article 229. (Complaints)

The crimes proscribed under Articles 224 and 225, the crimes proscribed under paragraph 1 of Article 227 which are committed for the purpose of aiding the person who has committed the crimes above, the crimes proscribed under paragraph 3 of


Article 227 and the attempts of these crimes shall be prosecuted only upon complaint unless committed for the purpose of profit or threat to the life or body; provided, however, that when the person who has been kidnapped or sold has married the offender, the complaint shall have no effect until a judgment invalidating or rescinding the marriage has been rendered.

The information on this website concerns a matter of public interest, and is provided for educational and informational purposes only in order to raise public awareness of issues concerning left-behind parents. Unless otherwise indicated, the writers and translators of this website are not lawyers nor professional translators, so be sure to confirm anything important with your own lawyer.




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