Lax sex crime punishment under fire

A majority of MPs want justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin to ban community service for some types of sex-related crime, RTL news reports on Wednesday.

An investigation by the tv news show found that dozens of sex offenders found guilty of molesting children are given community service, despite being repeat offenders.
In one case, a man who abused his 13-year-old step daughter for years was given a one year suspended sentence and 180 hours community service. In another, a 31 year-old man who repeatedly abused a 12-year-old boy was given a 240 community service sentence.
‘Community service does not do justice to what the victims have gone through,’ Liberal (VVD) MP Fred Teeven told RTL. ‘These are typical crimes which merit a prison sentence.’
Hirsch Ballin sent an amendment to the laws on sex crimes to parliament last week. The amendment will stop judges giving people convicted of serious sex crimes community service only, but will still allow combination sentences. MPs now want this to be further tightened up.

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