Know Your Laws: Unlawful Detention

Know Your Laws: Unlawful Detention

“Know you laws” is a production of the Press Office of the Royal St Lucia Police Force.

 According to Section 135 of the Criminal Code of St. Lucia 2008,


(1)     A person who detains another against that other’s will—

(a)     in or upon any premises with intent that the person detained may have sexual intercourse with any person; or

(b)     in any brothel,

commits an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for 10 years.

(2)     A magistrate who is satisfied upon oath that there is reasonable ground for believing that a person is unlawfully detained in any place for immoral purposes, may issue a warrant authorising any police officer to enter, if need by force, and search any place specified in the warrant and to remove any person so detained, and to arrest any person accused or suspected of the unlawful detention of that person.

(3)     A police officer referred to under subsection (2) shall cause the person arrested under that subsection to be brought before the magistrate and proceedings shall be taken to punish the person according to law.
This has been “Know Your Laws”. We at the Royal Saint Lucia Police force encourage the citizenry to read and study the laws which governs our society. Never forget that knowledge is power.

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