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Sexual Offences Act
August 17, 2001

Contents

PART IV

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.

 

9 Brothels and pimping   TOP

(1) Any person who—

(a) is the keeper of a brothel; or

(b) knowingly lives wholly or in part on the earnings of prostitution; or

(c) solicits or importunes other persons for immoral purposes; or

(d) demands from a prostitute money in consideration of his—

(i) keeping, managing or assisting in the keeping of a brothel in which the prostitute is, or has been, living for immoral purposes; or

(ii) having solicited or importuned other persons for immoral purposes with the prostitute; or

(iii) having effected the prostitute’s entry into a brothel for the purpose of prostitution; or

(iv) having brought or assisted in bringing the prostitute into Zimbabwe for immoral purposes; or

(v) present or past immoral connection with him;

shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

(2) If, in a prosecution for an offence under paragraph (b) of subsection (1), it is proved that a person consorted or lived with or was habitually in the company of a prostitute, and has no visible means of subsistence, that person shall be deemed, unless the contrary is proved, to have been knowingly living on the earnings of prostitution.


10 Detention of persons for sexual purposes   
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Any person who detains any other person against his or her will with the intention of contravening section three, four or eight shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding ten years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.


11 Procuring   
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Any person who procures any other person—

(a) to have sexual intercourse in contravention of section three, four or eight, whether inside or outside Zimbabwe; or

(b) to become a prostitute, whether inside or outside Zimbabwe; or

(c) to leave Zimbabwe with the intent that the other person may become a prostitute; or

(d) to leave his or her usual place of residence, not being a brothel, with the intent that he or she may become an inmate of or frequent a brothel elsewhere;

shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding ten years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.


12 Coercing or inducing a person to have extra-marital sexual intercourse   
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Any person who, to enable himself or anyone else to have extra-marital sexual intercourse with another person—

(a) threatens or intimidates that other person; or

(b) applies or administers any intoxicating drug, liquor, matter or thing to that other person; or

(c) causes that other person to take any intoxicating drug, liquor, matter or thing;

shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding ten years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.


13 Use of place as brothel renders lease void   
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(1) If any leased premises are kept or used as a brothel by or with the consent or acquiescence of the lessee, the lease shall become void with effect from the date on which the leased premises were first so used:

Provided that, if the lessor proves that he was unaware that the premises were so used, he shall be entitled to recover the rent up to the date upon which he became aware of that fact.

(2) The reference in subsection (1) to a lease includes a sublease, and "lessee" and "lessor" shall be construed accordingly.


14 Summary ejectment when place is kept or used as brothel   
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A magistrate shall have jurisdiction, on the application of the owner or lessor of any place within the magistrate’s province which is being kept or used as a brothel, to order summary ejectment of any person who is so keeping or using the place.

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