Sexual harassment to become a crime

The MSAR’s Executive Council presented a bill last Friday to make sexual harassment a crime. Crimes of sexual harassment, including inappropriate physical sexual contact, will be subject to a maximum imprisonment of one year and 120 days. The revisions of the Penal Code include extending the law to cover victims who are 16 years of age or younger. The current law only covers children aged 14 or under. Those who are accused of sexual harassment of minors aged 18 or under will be sentenced to a maximum of three years imprisonment. Prison sentences could also reach a maximum of five years for crimes involving pornography with minors under 18, according to the Executive Council.