In the Media

MSPs pass internet 'grooming' law

PUBLISHED June 6, 2005

A bill to clamp down on paedophiles grooming children on the internet has been passed by MSPs at Holyrood.

The Protection of Children Bill will make it an offence to set up meetings with under-16s via internet chatrooms and carry a maximum 10-year sentence.
The law will allow courts to impose a new risk of sexual harm order (RSHO) to curb the activities of those suspected of being a danger to children.