A family holidaying in Portugal recently, the McCanns, left their children in their apartment in a supposedly secure holiday resort while they went out for dinner. During one of their checks they discovered the apartment's doors and windows opened and their three year old daughter, Madeleine, gone! Many days have gone by and the child is still missing. I'm sure that everyone feels and shares the agony of the parents.
Now, until the case is solved we'll leave the horrible situation there but, because of it, I want to broach the issue of paedophilia. Everyone knows that there are paedophiles. Everyone knows that paedophiles, even when caught and jailed, frequently re-offend. And everyone knows there are paedophile rings which snatch children to offer to paedophiles for sexual pleasure if the price is right.My question is: what should society do about 'paedophilia' and its even uglier twin 'incest'! Children must be protected from perverted adults who are obviously very, very sick. That a man (or a woman) or, worse, a mother or father could use children (others or theirs) for sexual pleasure is utterly disgusting to most decent people.
Be that as it may, such people exist and, for the good of society and children everywhere, they must be dealt with but in a way that ensures 100% that they don't re-offend. Is castration too drastic? Is tattooing the word PAEDOPHILE across their forehead too dramatic? Is forcing them to carry a chemical release capsule surgically placed 'inside their bodies', one that permanently stifles sexual urges, a reasonable solution?
What we can't afford to do is to allow offenders to use the excuse, "That's the way we were born!" as they attempt to excuse themselves and perhaps try to legitimise their abhorrent behaviour.
Listening to such nonsense is the thin edge of the wedge. If it succeeds, soon we'll have murderers and rapists using the same excuse.
The vulnerable must be protected and society, to survive, must have strict rules that govern behaviour!