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Know about criminal penalties in Kingdom of Bhutan, Bhutanese laws and punishment.

Bhutan Criminal Penalties

Any foreigner visiting Bhutan has to follow its laws and regulations. They may be different from the laws in their own country. Person breaking or violating Bhutanese laws, knowingly or unknowingly, may have to face the penalties that might be severer than their own country and he/she may be expelled from the country, fined, arrested or imprisoned. Bhutan is quite strict regarding the possession, use, or trafficking of illegal drugs and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines for the crime. The general rule of ‘No Smoking’ at monasteries and public places in Bhutan has now become the law of the country, so smokers should keep that in mind. Crime is not a common thing in Bhutan and only things you may have to worry about are petty crimes such as pick pocketing and purse snatching.

United States or U.S. declares that it may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law, while the person stays in Bhutan or another country. America also makes its clear in the PROTECT Act of April 2003, it is a prosecutable crime, prosecutable for a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien, to engage in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign country with a person under the age of 18, and it includes any commercial sex act in a foreign country with a person under the age of 18. Under the Protection of Children from Sexual Predators Act of 1998, United States also considers it a crime to make use of mail or any other means of communication such as Internet, to transmit information about a minor under the age of 16 for criminal sexual purposes or production of child pornography and to transport obscene materials to minors under the age of 16.

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