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Scotland considers chemically castrating high-risk sex offenders



Sex offenders could be chemically castrated in Scotland to stop them from re-offending.

Under a voluntary scheme, sex offenders will be put on medication to reduce their libido.

Health officials in Scotland will monitor participants after they receive the treatment.

 Margaret-Ann Cummings, whose son Mark was killed by a pedophile when he was eight-years-old, told the Scottish Daily Mail she cautiously welcomed the plan.

 "If sex offenders are volunteering to go through with this and willing to change to stop other people being hurt then they should be offered every support possible," she said.

“However, it is vital that authorities are not using the public as guinea pigs in an experiment here. Everything must be tightly controlled.”

 A spokesman for the Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership told The Scotsman: “This initiative is at an early stage... but it is anticipated that anti-libidinal drugs would be used on a case-by-case basis where appropriate.”
 A Scottish Government spokesman added: “Anti-libidinal drugs are only appropriate for a very small number of sex offenders and are used on a voluntary basis.”

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