Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pope Signs a Law Making It a Crime to Abuse Kids; Law Includes Child Porn, Prostitution, Sexual Acts

Pope Francis signed a law today (July 11, 2013) making it a crime to abuse children sexually or physically on Vatican grounds, according to the Global Post website.

Crimes now punishable under the legislation include child pornography, child prostitution, sexual violence or acts with children.

According to Radio Vatican, it broadens the scope of crimes already outlawed but specifically applies them to officials and employees of the Vatican city state Roman Curia, where hundreds of people currently live and work.

The law also includes a provision that makes it possible to indict those individuals for crimes committed beyond the grounds of the Vatican city state.

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