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A Jersey prosecution under the "Crime (Transnational Organised Crime) (Jersey) Law 2008" [Jersey's Modern Slavery law]


Jersey equivalent to the UK's Modern Slavery Act 2015, the CRIME (TRANSNATIONAL ORGANIZED CRIME) (JERSEY) LAW 2008 has some unintended consequences.

The Defence argued:-

  • If the Prosecution's interpretation were correct, the results would be ludicrous.
  • It would mean, for example, that
    • If an 18-year-old from England invites a 17-year-old to join him/her on a trip to Jersey for the purposes of having sex because their parents prevent them from doing so in England, he/she would be committing an offence.
  • That is, say, the Defence, a surprising result, and the Article would also cover
    • An 18-year-old and a 17-year-old travelling within Jersey to have sex.

The Attorney General said:-

  • I accept that those are surprising results and would trust that prosecutorial discretion would result in no prosecution being brought.
  • It is not open to me as a matter of statutory construction to alter the natural meaning of the words because some of the consequences of giving that meaning are surprising.
  • Part of the reason for the legislation being drafted in the way it is maybe because it has been introduced to comply with a United Nations Convention where there is particular emphasis on protecting persons under the age of 18.



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