Minors better protected against sexual crimes

The draft amendment to the Penal Code adopted by the government provides for solutions that will protect children against sexual crimes. At present, recording, importing, storing or owning pornographic content featuring minors below the age of 15 is considered a crime. The new regulations will raise the age limit to 18.

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Sexual contacts with persons below the age of 18 will be considered a crime if they involve the handing over (or promising) of a monetary or personal benefits, or the abuse of trust. It will not matter who initiates such contacts. Adults offering advantages to a child will not be able to claim that they have only accepted the child’s proposal.

The deadline for prosecution for sexual crimes will be extended as well. The deadline will expire no earlier than 10 years following the 18th birthday of the minor affected by the crime. This will allow persons who became victims of sexual crimes as children to seek the prosecution of their offenders after they become of age.

Candidates to fill the position of tutors supervising holiday accommodation of children and youths will be required to be free of any convictions for certain crimes, e.g. for crimes against sexual freedom. Such persons have been also obliged to provide the party organizing such holidays with certificates of clean disciplinary record issued by the National Penal Register. Such a solution will ensure the safety of children and youths during summer camps.

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