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Sex with under-age prostitutes reclassified as rape


08-29-2015 17:18 BJT

China's National People's Congress, has approved a set of draft law amendments and bills, aiming at adjusting many controversial laws and rules. These also impose tougher punishments for some of the worst offenses.

One key adjustment is on the crime of sex with under-age prostitutes. The previous maximum penalty was 15 years in prison. Legislators have reclassified the offense as rape, which would mean life in prison, or even the death penalty.

The NPC is also removing bail and commutation for those convicted of graft and sentenced to life in prison. Amendments to the Air Pollution Control Law will restrict various sources of air pollution and boost environmental protection transparency.

Amendments to three laws are aimed at giving more powers to local legislatures so that they can better oversee work of the government.

The NPC also adopted an amendment to the Law on Commercial Banks, removing a 75 percent loan-to-deposit ratio stipulation. A bill that will give greater incentives to both academia and their inventors to commercially exploit their work has also been adopted.

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