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Child law amendment a top priority: ministry

TAIPEI--The Ministry of the Interior said recently in a report that a draft amendment to the Child and Youth Sexual Transaction Prevention Act will be one of the ministry's priority bills in the current legislative session that began Sept. 18.

According to the report, which has already been submitted to the Legislature, the draft amendment proposes that all elementary schools and junior high schools should offer sex education courses each school year.

The draft amendment also proposes that upon approval from local governments, children or teenagers who are found to be engaging in sexual transactions can be handed over to their parents, legal guardians or emergency shelters.

The act currently stipulates that children or teenagers involved in sexual transactions should be placed in short-term shelters.

In addition, the ministry said in the report that it will enhance the promotion of a subsidy program for parents with children under the age of 2 that began this year.

The ministry is also looking to subsidize senior citizens in low-to-medium-income households and promote long-term care for the elderly, according to the report.

Legislators on the Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee have invited Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan to brief the committee Monday on Taiwan's current social welfare situation and the government's future plans on the issue.

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