Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (641)

Clare Daly

Question:

641. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason the Government has not ratified the second UN CRC optional protocol on the sale of children, their use in prostitution and pornography. [22656/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The criminal law elements of the Optional Protocol have largely been implemented by the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998 and the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008. On 17 December last, the Government approved the drafting of a wide ranging Sexual Offences Bill. This will include measures to enable full compliance with the criminal law provisions of a number of international legal instruments, including the outstanding requirements in the Optional Protocol so as to facilitate its ratification.