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Sexual Offenses Act[edit]

I am moving this to talk rather than deleting it entirely. It seems far too specific for this article. Guettarda (talk) 05:00, 24 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

The Sexual Offenses Act was passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 1986, serving as "An Act to repeal and replace the laws of Trinidad and Tobago relating to sexual crimes, to the procuration, abduction and prostitution of persons and to kindred offences" (Ministry 5). The Sexual Offences Act consisted of 35 provisions, six of which have since been repealed (Ministry 4). The act functioned to criminalize a number of sexual acts, including acts of incest, buggery, rape, bestiality, abduction, and forceful intercourse within a marriage (Alexander 8). The crime of buggery (anal intercourse performed between two males or a male and a female), is punishable by 10 years of imprisonment if found guilty.

The Sexual Offences Act received criticism in its criminalization of nonprocreative sex, homosexual intercourse, and sex work performed by prostitutes. In M. Jacqui Alexander's article Not Just (Any)body Can Be a Citizen: The Politics of Law, Sexuality, and Postcoloniality in Trinidad and Tobago, Alexander details the ways the Sexual Offenses Act of 1986 regulated and enforced conjugal heterosexuality by punishing deviant sexual activities, and conflated violent acts of heterosexuality with nonprocreative sexual activity. The crime of marital rape, while punishable by 15 years imprisonment, was not referred to as such, but instead referred to as "forceful intercourse" between a husband and his wife, without her consent (Alexander 8).

There's "Law in..." articles for pretty many countries - The above paragraph should go in that article once someone creates it. Kind regards, Grueslayer 10:20, 24 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Yeah, that makes sense. Guettarda (talk) 19:55, 24 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]