The government plans to revise laws so that sex offenders against minors will face anywhere from 10 years to life in prison. That is a tougher minimum sentence than for murder (five years).
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family on Monday said it will pursue the change to better protect minors from sexual predators and submit the revisions to the National Assembly in this month's regular session.
The current law stipulates a prison term of at least five years for those convicted of raping children or adolescents.
The government is also seeking to toughen laws so that people caught possessing child pornography can face a maximum of one year behind bars. They are currently only fined.