Full Support For Sexual Offences Amendment Bill, 2021

Full support for the Sexual Offences Amendment Bill, 2021 in the House of Representatives on Friday. The Bill was unanimously passed by the House without amendments, with 33 Members of Parliament voting for the Bill, no one voting against, and no abstentions.

Attorney General Reginald Armour, in piloting the Bill, noted that the Constitutional importance of sexual offences legislation goes back to 1986 when then Prime Minister George Chambers and then Opposition Leader Basdeo Panday agreed to its passage. He said there must be continued vigilance to protect the vulnerable in society.

AG Armour quoted a High Court judgement in December 2020, on a sexual offences matter, in which the judge commented that a teenager who resides in an urban community in Trinidad in the 21st century was robbed of her childhood.

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