More protection for children and women in new laws criminalising purchase of sex
New laws criminalising the purchase of sex were brought before Cabinet today by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
The legislation will also give more protection to children and give the authorities more power to clampdown on paedophiles grooming victims on the internet.
There will be stricter laws on child pornography and longer sentence for those convicted of these crimes.
There laws around incest will also be overhauled under the legislation which will be published next week.
The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill also strengthens rules around monitoring sex offenders and there is also legislation around harassment.
Under the legislation the age of consent will remain 17-years-old, however, a “proximity clause” will be introduced which will not make it an offences for consensual sexual contact between two people if there is an age gap of two years.
A government source the aim of the bill is to give more protection to children and women.
The bill will implement recommendations made by the Joint Committee on Child Protection and Joint Committee on the Children’s Referendum.