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LinkAsia | Feb 25
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The kidnapping and rape of a seven year old girl in South Korea late last month shocked the country. The latest in a rash of sexual assaults, it led to calls for tougher punishment against sex offenders. Earlier this year, South Korea used so-called chemical castration for the first time. Now, the government's considering expanding its use. Here's our broadcast partner MBC with the details.
The government has decided extend "Drug treatment to suppress sex drive", or chemical castration, to those committing sex offenses against minors. It is the 1st stage of toughening up punishment for sex crimes. The cabinet is considering a plan to use this drug treatment on those whose victims are under the age of 19. This is up from the current age limit of 16 years old.
Kim Hee-kyung, Prosecutor, The Ministry of Justice:
The Prosecution Service will aggressively try to expand the range of targets, and also monitor and recommend drug treatment recipients.
The government also plans to introduce a special law with additional punishment for offenses against the weak, such as pregnant women or people with disabilities.
Regulations on former sex offenders will be tightened as well. Updated photos and addresses will be added to informational alerts, which are mailed to those residing in offenders' neighborhoods. The use of electronic anklets on sex offenders may be enforced retroactively before the new law comes into effect. Additionally, the president's office stated that it would prepare a national sex crime elimination plan which includes the creation of a sex crimes unit within the National Police Agency.