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Parliament approved the new law by a majority, after lawmakers said the impoverished nation was attracting pedophiles from the West. It will become effective July 1.

The new law states foreign and Moldovan nationals found guilty of pedophilia will be chemically castrated, while courts will rule separately on those found guilty of rape.

Valeriu Munteanu, a Liberal Party lawmaker, said the measure was necessary after public outrage over several pedophile cases involving U.S. and West European nationals.

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