Trafficking in persons

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Fact Summary

The police station received a report that a woman was heard screaming in a vehicle. After pursuing and stopping the vehicle, the victim was found with the defendants.

The victim stated that, after escaping from her sponsor in Muscat Governorate, she met Defendant 1 who asked her to work as a housemaid. Three months later, Defendant 1 took her under the pretext of improving her situation, and locked her in his bedroom for eight days. After, he handed her over to another individual who then handed her over to another individual in Dhank. The individual brought in men who engaged in sexual intercourse with her in exchange for a small sum of money. After, both defendants returned her to Muscat.

Both defendants have admitted to the charges made against them.

Author:
White & Case LLP

This work was developed through a partnership with UNODC, Lawyers Without Borders and White & Case LLP

Keywords

Acts:
Recruitment
Transfer
Harbouring
Receipt
Means:
Threat or use of force or other forms of coercion
Fraud
Deception
Purpose of Exploitation:
Exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation
Form of Trafficking:
Internal
Sector in which exploitation takes place:
Commercial sexual exploitation

Cross-Cutting Issues

Liability

... for

• completed offence

... based on

• criminal intention

... as involves

• principal offender(s)

Offending

Involved Countries

Oman

Victims / Plaintiffs in the first instance

Victim:
1 Individual
Gender:
Female

Defendants / Respondents in the first instance

Defendant:
Anonymous 1
Legal Reasoning:

The lower court decided to refer the case to the Court of Appeal in order to punish the defendants in accordance with the two stipulations and descriptions outlined in the referral order and to deport them under Article 48 of the Penal Code.

Defendant:
Anonymous 2
Legal Reasoning:

The lower court decided to refer the case to the Court of Appeal in order to punish the defendants in accordance with the two stipulations and descriptions outlined in the referral order and to deport them under Article 48 of the Penal Code.

Charges / Claims / Decisions

Defendant:
Anonymous 1
Verdict:
Not Guilty
Charge / Claim:
Human Trafficking
Legislation / Statute / Code:

Royal Decree No 126/2008

Appellate Decision:
In Part

2nd instance:

The Court of Appeal acquitted the defendants of human trafficking charges and referred the case to the primary court regarding the second and third charges.

Defendant:
Anonymous 2
Verdict:
Guilty
Charge / Claim:
Human Trafficking
Legislation / Statute / Code:

Royal Decree No 126/2008

Appellate Decision:
In Part

2nd instance:

The Court of Appeal acquitted the defendants of human trafficking charges and referred the case to the primary court regarding the second and third charges.

Court

Ibri Criminal Court of Appeal

Sources / Citations

Human Trafficking Lawsuits From the Date of Issuance of the Law Until 21/08/2011 (received by e-mail from Christine Harper, TIP Officer at Post in Muscat on Dec. 31, 2011).

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