Sexual Servitude

Sexual servitude offences arise generally out of brothels and other forms of prostitution. The Courts treat it very seriously and have been sentencing people to some very long periods in prison for these offences.

This is a serious offence that will almost always mean that you serve a prison term if you are found guilty.

The Prosecution need to show that you caused another by threat, force, fraud or misrepresentation to provide sexual services for commercial benefit.

As you would expect on reading that last sentence you can defend the charge on the basis that there was no commercial element. You can also defend the charge on the basis that there was no threat, force, fraud or misrepresentation.

This is a strictly indictable charge which means that your case must be heard in the County Court. If you defend the charges it will be heard before a jury.

The section that covers this offence is sections 53C-53D of the Crimes Act.


Further information on Sexual Servitude

Possible Defences

In a case of Sexual Servitude, the following defences may be applicable to the charge:


What penalties can be imposed for a charge of Sexual Servitude?

  • Adjournment of the Charges on Undertaking (Good Behaviour Bond)
  • Fine
  • Community Corrections Order
  • Suspended Prison Sentence
  • Detention in Youth Residential Centre or Youth Training Centre
  • Term of Imprisonment


What is the legislation for the charge of Sexual Servitude?

The legislation for this offence can be found on section 53C-53D of Crimes Act 1958.

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