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Minister Backs Down on Multi-Colored Envelopes for Suspected Sex Buyers

Published onsdag 24 mars 2010 kl 12.17
Justice Minister Beatrice Ask

Justice Minister Beatrice Ask has backed down on her controversial comment that people suspected of buying sex should be sent brightly colored letters in the mail to mark the alleged deed in front of their neighbors. Speaking to news agency TT, she called it a “tactless” suggestion.

“I don’t think that the judicial system should send envelopes in certain colors to either suspected or convicted people, and the government is not planning such a proposal,” she ensured, adding that she is committed to the idea that people are innocent until proven guilty.

The hotly debated comments about the multi-colored envelopes came last week at a conference about how to protect young people on the Internet. The example was given when discussing how the risk of being discovered can act as a deterrent for people wanting to buy sex from young people.

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