France – New Legislation to Enforce Violence Against Women

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Nazan Moroğlu , President TAUW informs of the adaptation of the Istanbul Convention. France is the second nation to adopt this convention.

Law 05 August 2013: France adapts its legislation to the Istanbul Convention of 11 May 2011 and transposes the Directive on trafficking in human beings

1. This law includes new penalties in accordance with the Istanbul Convection.

  • Forced marriages : the use of fraudulent tactics to mislead someone to get married abroad is an offense punishable by a penalty of three years of imprisonment.
  • forced abortion : the attempt of the offense is considered punishable
  • Inciting minors to sexual mutilation through the promise of presents or the use of any kind of pressures is punishable by a penalty of 5 years of imprisonment as so it is the attempt of the offense.

2. 2. Regarding trafficking in human beings, the law includes an extended and precise definition of it and of forced labour, domestic servitude and slavery.
Penalties of 20 years of imprisonment are fixed for the most severe cases.
The notion of exploitationis conceived as to make a victim be a disposition of a third party, to enable the commission of offenses against her, as pimping, assault or sexual abuse.
To find out more about this law, click here (French)
A governmental plan against trafficking has been announced for next autumn.


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