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Law ‘too soft’ on child sex offenders

16 June 2006

BRUSSELS — A large majority of Belgians think the national justice system is too soft on paedophiles, a survey of 1,000 Francophone Belgians has revealed.

The vast majority is in favour of tougher measures to combat child sex crimes.

More than three-quarters of respondents (76 percent) backed the abolition of parole for child sex offenders.

Some 78 percent favour the publication of a national register of paedophiles so that the public can find out if convicted felons live in their neighbourhood.

The survey was commissioned by newspaper ‘La Dernière Heure’.

It was conducted after the disappearance of the stepsisters Stacy and Nathalie in Liège last Friday night.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news