Sunday 11 December 2016

Protecting children from abusers must be State's priority

Denis Naughton

Published 08/10/2015 | 02:30

Sarah Payne was abducted and murdered by a convicted sex offender
Sarah Payne was abducted and murdered by a convicted sex offender

The publication by the Government of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 is a very welcome move to modernise and strengthen the law which is aimed at protecting children from sexual exploitation, child pornography and online grooming.

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In particular, I welcome the provision to address the gender anomaly in the law on incest, which will bring into force a Private Member's Bill that I moved and which was accepted by Dáil Éireann in 2014.

Another significant measure is the introduction of new provisions on the purchase of sexual services from a trafficked person.

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