The Executive Council (ExCo) has finished discussing the government’s draft of an amendment bill on sex crimes listed in the Macau Penal Code, according to a statement by the government’s top advisory body on Friday.
The government carried out a public consultation on the proposed amendments from December last year to February this year.
The government published a report on the public consultation on Friday.
According to the statement, the bill suggests separate categories for sexual harassment with the offence being listed as a semi-public crime which allows the law enforcement agencies to investigate a case if evidence appears to show that it would be in the public interest.
The bill also proposes listing the procurement of a person under the age of 18 for prostitution as a public crime, which allows the police to investigate without the victim’s consent.
The bill proposes a separate category for child pornography, which prohibits the production, distribution, dissemination, import, export or sale of child pornography, with it being listed as a public crime.
The bill will be submitted to the legislature for debate and vote.