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3. Detention of Person in Vice Establishment

It is an offence contrary to section 134 of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 200) to detain another person against his/her will in a vice establishment with the intention that he or she shall do an unlawful sexual act.


The maximum penalty for this offence is 14 years imprisonment.


An example of this offence would be to force a prostitute who has left the vice establishment where she worked to return to the establishment to continue working there as a prostitute. Detention is also committed where a prostitute’s clothes or possessions are kept from him or her to prevent them leaving the premises. The questions are whether the premises are a vice establishment, whether the prostitute was detained in those premises, whether the detention was against the prostitute’s will and whether the detention was intended to make the prostitute do an unlawful sexual act.