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Prosecution vows 'no mercy' against sex crimes


SEOUL, June 19 (Yonhap) -- The prosecution said Wednesday it has set forth tougher guidelines for punishing sex offenders in the face of growing sex crimes particularly against minors.

The Supreme Prosecutors' Office said that any suspects of sex crimes, in principle, will be detained for a probe, and heavier prison terms will be demanded for those accused of committing sex crimes against minors.

The guidelines call for raising the standard jail term demanded by prosecutors for those who bought sex from children and adolescents from the current one year to one and a half years, it said.

A fine of 20 million won (US$17,700), up from the current 5 million won, will be sought for those who sexually abuse people with disability, the office said.

As part of measures to deter repeat offenses, prosecutors will demand a prison term of more than two years for released sex offenders who damage electronic anklets, it said.

High-risk sex offenders are often ordered to wear electronic anklets. However, there are many instances of repeat offense following the release from prison.

The prosecution also said it will request that the court issue orders convicted sex criminals be subject to mandatory counseling when they are deemed mentally ill.

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