Should Child molesters be castrated before they’re freed from prison?

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Some countries, like Israel, the UK, and Poland, have also used chemical castration in the past on sex offenders. 

A leading politician has called for a new law which would force pedophiles convicted of sexually abusing children to be castrated. Representative Bruce Griffey, a Republican who represents the Paris district of Tennessee, USA, says any paedophile who refuses the procedure should be returned to prison. The proposed law – House Bill 1585 – would apply to anyone Tennessee convicted of abusing a child under the age of 13. And it’s not just America Senators who are thinking of putting this into law, a recent report suggests that some politicians in Europe are also considering this action.

It would see pedophiles ‘asked’ to undergo chemical castration, which involves taking medication to reduce, inhibit or block the production of testosterone and other hormones. Sex offenders would begin the treatment a month before their release date, then continue it until a court decides they no longer need it.

They would be forced to pay for it out of their own pocket, Griffey, a married father of two, stressed that although treatment would be voluntary anyone who refuses would face harsh consequences.

If passed at Tennessee’s State Capitol building in Nashville, the law will come into effect on July 1 this year.

What do you think, is this cruel, immoral, unjust or warranted? let us know!





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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla.


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