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Government in Australia considers compulsory chemical castration for child sex abusers

The New South Wales justice minister pointed to the number of paedophiles likely to re-offend soon after their release.

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A GOVERNMENT TASKFORCE in New South Wales, Austrailia, is considering making it compulsory for child sex abusers to be chemically castrated.

In some parts of the country courts can already order dangerous sex offenders to have the treatment as part of their release conditions and offenders in New South Wales can undergo the treatment voluntarily while in prison.

However news.com.au reports the state’s justice minister wants to go one step further by making castration a judicial sentencing option.

One of the worrying statistics that came out of our investigation is that up to 17 per cent of child sex offenders are likely to re-offend in two years,” Mr Grant told the ABC.

“We must do everything possible to reduce that figure.”

However 9news reports psychiatrists in the country say mandatory castration of paedophiles would be unethical. Dr John Kasinathan said the code of ethics for psychiatrist require that there be valid consent from patients before undertaking any treatment like this.

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Should chemical castration be compulsory for convicted child sex abusers?

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