Belarus is now set to begin making chemical castration a part of the program they have for “treating” pedophiles, which is just one piece of a plan that was designed to help keep children safe from sexual predators, according to the General Prosecutor’s Office. The agency made the announcement on Telegram, a social media platform, Monday after it was approved by the government in Belarus.
According to RT, amendments have been made to the nation’s criminal code and were made ready the interior ministry which envisioned “compulsory treatment of persons suffering from pedophilia.”
The chemical castration would take place alongside their court sentence, the statement revealed.
The Health Ministry revealed in the announcement that it had created and approved “a clinical protocol containing an algorithm for the treatment of pedophilia, including the use of chemical castration.”
The government has also prepared a plan for helping to rehabilitate victims of sexual abuse, the announcement said. The Ministry then stated that the country’s leader, Alexander Lukashenko, was in full support of increasing control over individuals who were previously convicted on charges of pedophilia, including the employment of electronic devices to help track them.
The agency also stated that its efforts towards “establishing administrative responsibility for promoting non-traditional sexual relations, gender transitioning, pedophilia and childfree ideology” was also supported by the head of state.
For those who might not be sure how chemical castration actually works, it’s done through giving individuals a series of drugs that work to reduce the sexual desire of patients for a long period of time or even permanently. Laws that allow this punishment for sex offenders can be found in some states in the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and others.
Chemical castration was introduced in Russia back in 2012, but only as a voluntary procedure, which, at the time, meant that a person had to give consent after they were sentenced for sexually abusing a minor.
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