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Macau’s Executive Council finishes discussion of sex crime bill 

The Executive Council (ExCo) has finished discussing the government’s draft of an amendment bill on sex crimes listed in the Macau Penal Code, according to a statement by the government’s top advisory body on Friday.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:50 am

The Executive Council (ExCo) has finished discussing the government’s draft of an amendment bill on sex crimes listed in the Macau Penal Code, according to a statement by the government’s top advisory body on Friday.

The government carried out a public consultation on the proposed amendments from December last year to February this year.

The government published a report on the public consultation on Friday.

According to the statement, the bill suggests separate categories for sexual harassment with the offence being listed as a semi-public crime which allows the law enforcement agencies to investigate a case if evidence appears to show that it would be in the public interest.

The bill also proposes listing the procurement of a person under the age of 18 for prostitution as a public crime, which allows the police to investigate without the victim’s consent.

The bill proposes a separate category for child pornography, which prohibits the production, distribution, dissemination, import, export or sale of child pornography, with it being listed as a public crime.

The bill will be submitted to the legislature for debate and vote.

(Macau News / The Macau Post Daily)

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:50 am

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