Shanghai prosecutors help further protect underage victims

Shanghai prosecutors charged 975 people in cases relating to the underage in 2017, according to Shanghai People's Procuratorate.

Shanghai prosecutors charged 975 people in cases relating to the underage in 2017, according to Shanghai People’s Procuratorate.

Prosecutors have pushed forward efforts to help police design a mechanism to protect the privacy of underage victims. Police talk to them in a room especially designed by psychological consultants to relieve possible stress, and monitoring cameras are placed where they can’t be seen.

Last year, Minhang District became the first place in China to ban former criminals convicted of sexual assault from jobs that involve contact with young people. 

Those with sexual assault records are banned from taking posts in educational institutions like schools and extracurricular training centers, health and aid agencies, youth activity facilities, amusement parks, libraries, sports venues and museums, among others.

According to the Shanghai People’s Procuratorate, prosecutors are considering expanding the “job off-limit” mechanism to the whole city as to better protect people under the age of 18 from sexual abuse.

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