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Thursday, April 29, 1999 Published at 10:38 GMT 11:38 UK

World: Africa

Madagascar acts to curb sex tourism

Harsher penalties for sex offences involving children are being brought in by the government of Madagascar, in an effort to curb sex tourism.

New laws published today mean non-violent offences or attempted offences against a child under the age of fourteen can be punished with imprisonment of up to ten years and fines of up to eighteen-thousand dollars.

Penalties for illegal gay sex involving those under twenty-one are also increased, along with punishments for prostitution, pimping and pornography.

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