Tuesday 25 April 2017

New sex bill is limited but deserves to be passed

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Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

If Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald manages to pass the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill before the General Election, it could surpass her previous greatest achievements of driving the same-sex marriage referendum to completion and steadying the ship that is the troubled justice sector.

The law on sexual offences is, in many respects, not fit for purpose, especially in the light of crimes perpetrated against children, many of whom are groomed by predators on online networks and the reach of child pornography networks.

Criminalising the purchase of sex has proved controversial in some quarters, but may go a long way to protecting prostitutes and victims of trafficking.

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