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Brazil: Castration for Pedophiles

(Feb. 9, 2009) The Brazilian Congress is currently debating a proposed law that amends the Penal Code to impose a punishment of chemical castration on persons convicted of committing rape or other sexual crimes against children and adolescents. The proposal makes the chemical punishment mandatory for recurrent convicts and optional for first-time offenders. The author of the proposal, Senator Gerson Camata, was quoted as saying that in a recent case a pedophile had been arrested for killing two boys and that their deaths perhaps could have been avoided if the law existed, because the pedophile had been previously arrested for the crime of pedophilia. (Pedófilos Podem Sofrer Castração Química, O DIA ONLINE, Feb. 3, 2009, available at