(1) A person (A) commits an offence if—
(a) A conducts a business that involves the provision of commercial sexual services by another person (B); and
(b) B is not free to stop providing those services, or to leave the place or area where B provides those services, because A or another person (C)—
(i) uses force against B or another person (D); or
(ii) makes a threat to, or against, B or D; or
(iii) unlawfully detains B or D; or
(iv) engages in fraud or misrepresentation (including by omission) in relation to B or D; or
(v) uses a manifestly excessive debt, or purported debt, owed by B or D; and
(c) A knows that engaging in the conduct referred to in paragraph (b) will, or probably will, cause B—
(i) to provide, or to continue to provide, commercial sexual services; or
(ii) to not be free to leave the place or area where B provides commercial sexual services.
(2) A person who commits an offence against subsection (1) is liable to level 4 imprisonment (15 years maximum).
(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), conducting a business includes—
(a) taking any part in the management of the business; or
(b) exercising control or direction over the business; or
(c) providing finance for the business.
S. 53E inserted by No. 47/2016 s. 16.