Crackdown targets those who prey on children

17th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

17 July 2006, MADRID — The government launched a tough crackdown on crimes on Monday, targeting racketeering and abuse of minors.

17 July 2006

MADRID — The government launched a tough crackdown on crimes on Monday, targeting racketeering and abuse of minors.

Drunk and reckless drivers will also face jail terms of between three and six months, depending on the level of offences.

The proposed reforms to the 1995 penal code, approved by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's cabinet, would establish new crimes, step up the fight against organised and financial crime and provide more protection to victims.

The draft legislation will impose harsher punishments for repeat offenders and increase the rights of children.

The reform will broaden the concept of what is criminal behaviour against a child.

The draft bill also stipulates specific punishments for individuals who solicit sex from a minor or a person considered mentally handicapped.

A range of sentencing requirements would be established for the crime of criminal conspiracy: 2-4 years for "collaborating" with an organised crime ring, 2-6 years for "membership" and 6-9 years for "leading" a criminal organisation.

Those jail terms would be in addition to sentences handed down for specific crimes committed.

The draft legislation would create the new crimes of computer hacking and credit card falsification and provide for prison terms of between six months and two years for those convicted of harassment in the workplace.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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