New legislation introduced in Moldova today legalizes chemical castration for sex offenders whose victims are children. This legislation came through with resounding support from the people of Moldova, though the country immediately received backlash from the Council of Europe, who protested, saying that chemical castration should involve consent, and those condemned to this fate should be properly informed about the procedure.
The law comes after outrage from Moldovan nationals, who claim that the impoverished nation has become a destination for “sex tourism” for both Western Pedophiles. There have been nine convictions for child sex offences in the past two years, five of which were tourists from Western Europe, though the people in Moldova also blame tourists from the United States.
The new law, which goes into effect on July 1st, states that all people convicted of pedophilia, whether Moldovan or foreign nationals, will undergo chemical castration. The current sentence will remain in effect as well, which is a prision sentence of up to 20 years, sometimes life in prison. The law mentions also that rape cases will be ruled seperately, though they stand a chance to be subject to chemical castration as well.
Moldova is not the only country to legalize this punishment for sex offenders. The Czech Republic, Poland, and Russia have all either legalized, or introduced legislation to legalize chemical castration. Poland legalized the procedure in 2009, allowing the procedire for offenders who have been convicted of raping a minor or close relative, and the Czech Republic requires the procedure to be done for some offenders, per court decision.
Do you think that these countries are right to legalize chemical castration for some sex offenders? If not, why? If yes, do you think the United States should also adopt this procedure?