Moldova to Castrate Pedophiles
Law makes chemical procedure mandatory for convicted abusers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2012 8:57 AM CST
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(Newser) – Men convicted of sexually abusing children in Moldova will now face chemical castration. The eastern European country's parliament voted to make the treatment—which suppresses libido with injections every three months—mandatory for all Moldovans and foreigners found guilty of pedophilia, reports the BBC.

Courts will also be allowed to order the procedure for rapists. The new law has been criticized by human rights groups, but it has widespread support in Moldova, where several high-profile convictions of foreigners for child sex abuse have raised fears that the country is becoming a destination for pedophiles from richer nations, the AP notes.