President signs into law tougher sentences for child abuse
PR dla Zagranicy
Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed into law tougher penalties for serious crimes against minors such as abduction, abandonment and child trafficking.
Andrzej Duda. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
Duda said the new rules aim to protect the most vulnerable and those who find it hardest to get help when they need it.
He added that the changes were drawn up in cooperation with Poland’s ombudsmen for children and patient rights.
Under the new law, anyone physically and psychologically abusing children in their care faces three months to five years in jail. Abuse with particular cruelty will be punishable by one to 10 years in prison.
The minimum penalty for trafficking children under the age of 15 will increase from three to five years in prison.