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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Consenting Adults Still Criminalized in Samoa


In a report by Jasmine Netzler at samoaobserver.com we can see that adults in Samoa are still being treated as criminals for having sex with each other.
The Supreme Court has issued a warrant of arrest for a mother accused of sleeping and having consensual sex with her son.
Isn't it nice that things are so great in Samoa that the Supreme Court has nothing more important to do than go after adults for having sex?
The matter came up before Justice Vui Clarence Nelson in the Supreme Court yesterday when he questioned the progress of the warrant of arrest issued for the mother.

The warrant was apparently issued last December after the woman failed to show up before Court for the hearing of the charges against her and her son.
Justice Vui Clarence Nelson surely has more important things to do than this.
But Justice Vui adjourned the matter for an update from the prosecutor, Ofisa Tagaloa, about the outstanding warrant.
Ofisa Tagaloa surely has more important things to do than this.
The punishment for incest has increased since the last amendment to the Crimes Act 2013 from seven to 20 years in prison.
Twenty years in prison for sex. This is consensual activity, folks. Who is the victim? There isn't one. This is a waste of public resources. There is no good reason they shouldn't be free to be together if that is what they want. Whether it is Somoa or Oregon, an adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or religion, should be free to share love, sex, residence, and marriage (or any of those without the others) with any and all consenting adults, without fear of prosecution, bullying, or discrimination.
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