Sunday 17 November 2019

Australia considers chemically castrating paedophiles to cut reoffender rates

New South Wales Justice Minister Troy Grant says all options must be considered
New South Wales Justice Minister Troy Grant says all options must be considered

David Kearns

Australia is considering using drugs to ‘chemically castrating’ child sex offenders.

A police task force in New South Wales, made up of representatives from victims' groups, police, legal and health experts, is investigating the use of the controversial anti-libido drugs.

Instead of prison, judges would be able to sentence those convicted of child sex offends to take the drugs.

The anti-libido medication reduces sexual desire and can remove the ability to perform sexually.

The drugs are already used in the New South Wales’s prison system on a voluntary basis.

The state’s Justice Minister Troy Grant said: “One of the worrying statistics that came out of our investigation is that up to 17 pc of child sex offenders are likely to reoffend in two years.

“We must do everything possible to reduce that figure,” he told ABC News.

Mr Grant said all options should be considered to protect children from abuse.

The task force comes as 150 former students at a New South Wales school received €15 million (AUS$24m) in compensation from the school board, the federal and state governments in June for failing to protect them from sexual and psychological abuse.

Predominantly migrant children, who were often told incorrectly that they were orphans, were abused at the NSW Fairbridge Farm School in Molong between 1938 and 1974.

The task force will make a recommendation to the New South Wales government at the end of the year.

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