The Home Office of Great Britain announced a new measure to subdue the growing number of sex crimes in the country. Sex offenders and pedophiles will be offered a “chemical castration” – a drug treatment that will help them reduce their libido. This practice is not new in the United Kingdom, although the government intends to increase the provision. Chemical castration will be entirely voluntary. Furthermore, the treatment may often replace a punishment for criminals, politics.co.uk says.
The issue of child abuse has become especially important for Russia recently too. However, the Russian authorities have no plans to introduce a similar practice of chemical castration so far. The Russian society has been shocked with a sudden outburst of sex crimes against children which occurred during the recent several years.
The special drug treatment for pedophiles has proved to be successful in many European countries and several states of the USA. The number of repeated crimes based on sexual motives was reduced by almost 50 percent.
In Great Britain, pedophiles and rapists will be offered injections of leuproreline – a medication that subdues the action of men’s sexual hormones. The anti-pedophile campaign was launched in England after the terrible incident in 2000, when pedophile Roy Whiting murdered eight-year-old schoolgirl Sarah Payne. There are about 110,000 pedophiles in Great Britain.
A subject of castration who is castrated before the onset of puberty will retain a high voice, non-muscular build and small genitals. They may well be taller than average, as the production of sex hormones in puberty - particularly testosterone - stops long bone growth. The person may not develop pubic hair and will have a small sex drive or none at all, Wikipedia says.
Castrations after the onset of puberty will typically reduce the sex drive considerably or eliminate it altogether. Also castrated people are automatically sterile, because the testes (for males) and ovaries (for females) produce sex cells needed for sexual reproduction. Once removed the subject is infertile. The voice does not change. Some castrates report mood changes, such as depression or a more serene outlook on life. Body strength and muscle mass can decrease somewhat. Body hair sometimes may decrease. Castration prevents male pattern baldness if it is done before hair is lost, however, castration will not restore hair growth after hair has already been lost due to male pattern baldness. Castration is never recommended by medical doctors as a way to prevent or treat hair loss. Castration eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, and it may even reduce prostate cancer.
Historically, eunuchs suffered from a range of urogenital problems associated with the removal of their sexual organs, and they had their own specialist doctors.