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Controversial Indonesian Law Forces Chemical Castration on Pedophiles

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Crime and Punishment

When you think of law and order, you probably think about courtrooms, our legal system, police forces, and prison. You also probably think about the TV show.

And as that program and so many others show, there are countless laws and customs in our society in place to protect the welfare and well-being of children, the most innocent members of our society.

Sadly, children across the world are victims to much more mistreatment than we can even fathom, from unrestricted labor laws and sex trafficking to physical and emotional abuse.

When it comes to somebody paying for his or her crimes, the spectrum of punishment is incredibly wide: from monetary fines and community service to jail time and even death. Yet even with our established systems, punishment across the world today has taken an increasingly personal turn. Instead of all the money it costs to keep somebody behind bars, countries and jurisdictions are experimenting with physical penalization: sentences that focus exclusively on criminals’ bodies.

Especially for sex crimes, physical punishment like mandatory chemical castration has become more popular in the past decade. But do our legal systems have a right to carry out such an invasive punishment?

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Indonesia's new castration law is drawing support and criticism