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The Sexual Offences Act 2009 was passed today (March 31) in the House of Representatives.
The Act is an amalgamation of various laws relating to rape, incest and other sexual offences. It will repeal the Incest (Punishment) Act and several provisions of the Offences Against the Person Act.
The Bill also provides for the establishment of a Sex Offenders Registry, which will maintain a register of sex offenders.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding assured the House of Representatives, today, that the Bill will be introduced in the Senate on Friday(April 3), by Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne. This will enable it to be positioned to traverse the prorogation of Parliament this week-end, so it can be debated immediately after the new session of Parliament convenes next week.
The Prime Minister had previously sought leave of Parliament to withdraw the Bill, because of the significant number of amendments that had to be made. He said that, after discussions with Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller, he decided to have it debated in the House, today.

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