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What’s the Answer?

A couple of weeks ago, a friend’s 10 year old son was the subject of an attempted abduction not far from his home. Fortunately the youngster had the presence of mind to refuse the offer of a lift and run like hell. The man who attempted the abduction was a registered sex offender living in the community.

I’ve just read in the news that Gary Glitter is back in Thailand after Viet Nam and Hong Kong denied him entry. Thailand have told him he can’t stay either. It looks as if he’s going to end up back in the UK sooner rather than later.

I have a fairly liberal view about crime and punishment. However what is to be done about people who sexually abuse children? the crime has an extremely high rate of re-offending and as the case above illustrates, the offenders cannot be supervised properly in the community.

The safety of children should in my view be a much, much higher priority than the ‘human rights’ of characters like Gary Glitter.

Could chemical castration be the answer?