Last edited: April 21, 2007


  • Statute: Buggery, Offences Against the Person Act, Section 76
  • Penalty: 10 years imprisonment and hard labor.
  • Restrictions:

The Offences Against the Person Act prohibits "acts of gross indecency" (generally interpreted as referring to any kind of physical intimacy) between men, in public or in private. The offence of buggery is created by section 76, and is defined as anal intercourse between a man and a woman, or between two men. Most of the prosecutions in fact, involve consenting adult men suspected of indulging in anal sex.

Hated to Death: Homophobia, Violence, and Jamaica’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic, Human Rights Watch report November 16, 2004



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