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(Dec 11, 2012) On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of
According to the newly amended article, a person who abuses a minor under the age of 16 or who by other means acts in a manner that will impair the mental and physical health or natural development of such a minor will be sentenced to imprisonment for up to five years. (
The previous provision criminalized physical harm only, and did not punish impairment of mental health and natural development. Furthermore, the new provision punishes actions that will cause impairment rather than those that have already caused impairment as the previous provision did, which appears to mean that the law now focuses on such actions themselves without requiring the result of the actions as a condition to constitute the crime. (
People found guilty of seeking profits through child abuse will be sentenced to imprisonment for at least five years and a fine of up to NT$3 million (about US$103,200), a large increase over the NT$1,000 previously specified. (
- Author: Laney Zhang More by this author
- Topic: Criminal law and procedure More on this topic
- Jurisdiction: Taiwan More about this jurisdiction
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Last updated: 12/11/2012