08 May 2014 11:14

NICOSIA- House Legal Affairs Committee chairman Socrates Sampson on Wednesday called for tougher penalties for people involved in the sexual exploitation of children to be voted into law as soon as possible.
The Disy MP said a revised text presented to the committee, as well as stricter penalties for the crimes taking into account the perpetrators relation to the victim, also includes provision for people convicted of this type of offences to be monitored after their release.
Sampson said the state had a duty to protect children from this type of behaviour and that a vote on this bill would open the way for other related legislation to be discussed and passed into law.
Akel MP Irene Charalambidou, who submitted the proposal, said a number of people who had been convicted of sex crimes against children had already been released from prison with four due to get out this year.


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