Wednesday, May 7, 2008

NSW to ban 'intimate' piercings for under-16s

The New South Wales Government says it will soon be illegal for anyone under 16 to get intimate body piercings.

Under new laws to be introduced into State Parliament, it will be illegal for anyone under 16 to have their genitals or nipples pierced, and they will need their parent's permission for all other body piercings.

Piercing operators will face fines of up to $22,000 for performing intimate piercings on a child and fines of up to $3,300 for piercing without parental consent.

Community Services Minister Kevin Greene says he cannot see any benefits in allowing young people to have the piercings.

"I cannot see why anyone would want their child under the age of 16 to expose their intimate body parts to strange adults for the sake of a fashion or a trend," he said.

"There's also a potential health risk. There's the possibility of issues such as Hepatitis B or C, toxic shock and blood poisoning, and certainly there are those child protection concerns."


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