Protecting children from abusers must be State's priority
Published 08/10/2015 | 02:30
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.
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.