EMIGRANTS PROTECTION ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Power for the Minister to declare to what country provisions shall apply

   4   No person shall proceed to proclaimed place without permit

   5   Appointment of permit officers

   6   Application to leave Island

      When recruited person shall receive a permit

   7   The Minister may alter repatriation fees

   8   Deposit to be charged with expenses incurred on behalf of distressed person

   9   Registration of recruiting agents

   10   Fees on recruitment

   11   Application of money

   12   Licence to shipping agent

   13   Offences in relation to permits

   14   Offences

   15   Preliminary to booking passengers

   16   Duties of master

   17   Offences by master

   18   Powers of constables

   19   Removal of certain young persons

   20   Permit for young persons

   21   Grant and refusal of permit

   22   Use of void permit an offence

   23   False pretences to obtain permit

   24   Report as to permits granted

   25   Acts for which persons other than recognised shipping agents are liable

   26   Provisions in respect to permits granted

   27   Agreement with foreign country

   28   Moneys to be carried to credit of Consolidated Fund

   29   Minister may make rules, etc

 

THE EMIGRANTS PROTECTION ACT

[Date of Commencement: 7th January, 1925]

Cap 113.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Emigrants Protection Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "passenger" means any person proceeding by any ship, directly or indirectly, to a declared place; but does not include any person arriving at any port of the Island by ship and proceeding within three months to a proclaimed place;

   "permit officer" means any person authorised by the Minister under this Act to grant a permit to a person for the purpose of leaving this Island for a declared place;

   "free permit" means a permit in respect of which a deposit by an intending emigrant or a payment by a recruiting agent is not required under this Act;

   "recruiting agent" means a person employed in this Island to engage labourers to proceed to a declared place under contract of service;

   "recognised shipping agent" means the owner or agent for the owner of any passenger ship who carries on business as a carrier of passengers to declared places at premises licensed by the Commissioner of Police whilst engaged in such business at such premises and includes his clerks and servants employed in such business acting in the course of their employment at such premises.

3   Power for the Minister to declare to what country provisions shall apply

   It shall be lawful for the Minister from time to time to declare, by order, any foreign country or place to be a country or place to which the provisions of this Act shall apply, and in the same manner to revoke any such declaration:

   Provided that any proclamation in force issued under the authority of Law 23 of 1902 or any amendment thereof (now repealed), shall continue in operation until either withdrawn or replaced by order issued under the authority of this Act.

4   No person shall proceed to proclaimed place without permit

   From and after the making of any order under this Act and so long thereafter as such order remains unrevoked, no person shall proceed as a passenger from this Island to the place named in such order without a permit granted under the provisions of this Act:

   Provided that no permit shall be required in respect of any person who is not a native of or domiciled in this Island.

5   Appointment of permit officers

   (1) It shall be lawful for the. Minister from time to time to appoint some fit and proper person or persons to be a permit officer or permit officers for the purposes of this Act, and to authorise such person or persons to grant a permit to a person for the purpose of leaving this Island for a declared place; unless and until any such appointment is made the Commissioner of Police or other Chief Officer of Constabulary stationed in Kingston shall be a permit officer for the purposes of this Act. It shall also be lawful for the Minister from time to time to remove any permit officer and to appoint some other person in his place.

   (2) It shall be lawful for the Minister if he thinks fit to exempt any person or any class or description of persons from the obligation to obtain a permit under this Act.

6   Application to leave Island

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