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Sexual Offences Act (Act 8/2001)
August 17, 2001
Repealed July 01, 2006 by the Criminal Law [Codification and Reform] Act

This Act was gazetted on 17th August, 2001 (General Notice 408/2001), becoming law with effect from 17th August, 2001.

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To amend the criminal law in regard to sexual offences; to make further provision for the suppression of brothels and prostitution; to discourage the spread of the human immuno-deficiency virus; to repeal the Criminal Law Amendment Act [Chapter 9:05]; to amend section 51 of the Magistrates Court Act [Chapter 7:10], sections 211 and 247 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act [Chapter 9:07] and section 2 of the Termination of Pregnancy Act [Chapter 15:10]; and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.

ENACTED by the President and the Parliament of Zimbabwe.


1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.

Extra-Marital Sexual Intercourse with Young Persons and Intellectually Handicapped persons

3. Extra-marital sexual intercourse or immoral or indecent act committed with young person.
4. Extra-marital sexual intercourse or immoral or indecent act committed with intellectually handicapped person.
5. Prevention of sexual exploitation of young persons and intellectually handicapped persons outside Zimbabwe.
6. Prevention of conspiracy or incitement abroad to exploit young persons or intellectually handicapped persons in Zimbabwe.
7. Permitting young person to resort to place for purpose of extra-marital sexual intercourse.

Non-Consensual Sexual Acts

8. Punishment of rape or certain non-consensual acts.

Suppression of Prostitution

9. Brothels and pimping.
10. Detention of persons for sexual purposes.
11. Procuring.
12. Coercing or inducing a person to have extra-marital intercourse.
13. Use of place as brothel renders lease void.
14. Summary ejectment when place is kept or used as brothel.

Prevention of Spread of HIV

15. Deliberate transmission of HIV.
16. Sentence for certain offences where offender is infected with HIV.
17. Testing of sexual offenders for HIV infection.
18. Presumptions regarding HIV infection.
19. Jurisdiction of regional magistrates.


20. Act not to limit offences under other laws.
21. Presumption regarding marriage.
22. Amendment of presumption that boy under 14 incapable of sexual intercourse.
23. Consent by young person no defence in certain circumstances.
24. Repeal of Cap. 9:05.
25. Amendment of section 51 of Cap. 7:10.
26. Amendment of sections 211 and 247 of Cap. 9:07.
27. Amendment of section 2 of Cap. 15:10.

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