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Australian government to consider chemically castrating paedophiles

Worrying: Child sex offenders are likely to reoffend in two years
Worrying: Child sex offenders are likely to reoffend in two years

The Australian government is considering using anti-libido drugs to chemically castrate child sex offenders.

A taskforce has been set up by the New South Wales Government to examine the use of anti-libidinal treatments in the correctional system.

They will also look at whether chemical castration could be a sentencing option for judges in the state's courts, ABC reported. 

The use of drugs is already offered to offenders on a voluntary basis, and it will be examined whether the procedure can be used as alternative sentencing for judges.

Justice Minister Troy Grant said all options needed to be considered so children were protected from abuse.

"One of the worrying statistics that came out of our investigation is that up to 17 per cent of child sex offenders are likely to reoffend in two years," he said.

"We must do everything possible to reduce that figure."

However, the move has been met with criticism from a local activist who said the option is open voluntarily and results showed it didn't work. 

"We actually know that it hasn't been effective for them anyway," Brett Collins from Justice Action said. 

"The issues are much larger ... there are personality issues, there are issues involved with a range of self-esteem issues as well.

"They have to be dealt with in more difficult ways — learning ways of diversion and avoidance, and also dealing with the person as a real person."

He said the move was "clearly intended to be a vote winner".

The anti-libido drugs available for offenders reduces sexual desire and can remove the ability to perform sexually.

If the new move is supported it will mean some offenders may be forced under the law to take the drug.