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Trade or alienation of slaves

Criminal lawyer in Milan, Italy, defending victims of slave trading

Slave trade is the capturing, selling, and buying of people through force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them for profit. Men, women and children of all ages and from all backgrounds can become victims of this crime, which occurs in every region of the world.

Attorney-at-law Federica Liparoti, an English-speaking Italian criminal defense lawyer admitted to the Milan Bar, owner of the law firm of the same name in Milan (Italy) and a PhD in Criminal Law, assists victims of slavery free of charge (procedure named in Italy 'gratuito patrocinio' or 'patrocinio a spese dello Stato', a pro bono-like work, in which the lawyer's fee is paid by the Italian State) at all stages of the proceedings - regardless of income - pursuant to Article 76 paragraph IV of Presidential Decree 115/2002.

Below is the text of the Italian criminal code which regulates this crime, followed by its translation.

Original Text:

Dispositivo dell'art. 602 Codice Penale

Chiunque, fuori dei casi indicati nell'articolo 601, acquista o aliena o cede una persona che si trova in una delle condizioni di cui all'articolo 600 è punito con la reclusione da otto a venti anni.

La pena è aumentata da un terzo alla metà se la persona offesa è minore degli anni diciotto ovvero se i fatti di cui al primo comma sono diretti allo sfruttamento della prostituzione o al fine di sottoporre la persona offesa al prelievo di organi.


Operative part of Article 602 of the Italian Criminal Code

Whoever, outside the cases indicated in Article 601, acquires or alienates or disposes of a person who is in one of the conditions referred to in Article 600 shall be punished by imprisonment of from eight to twenty years.

The punishment shall be increased by between a third and a half if the offended person is under eighteen years of age or if the acts referred to in the first paragraph are directed towards the exploitation of prostitution or with a view to subjecting the offended person to the removal of organs.

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