Wales Bans Genital Piercing Fun for Kids

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Welsh government now has an official opinion as to what the under-18s it administrates may or may not do to their genitals and tongues, with a law on "intimate" piercings now in place to stop them getting holes made that they may eventually regret.

The law on body piercings says it is now an offence for piercing practitioners to carry out work on under-18s that involves several key areas of the body, with the red zones being the tongue, the breasts, genitals of both sexes and the buttocks, although how you pierce a buttock we are too scared to investigate.

Dr Frank Atherton, the chief medical officer for Wales, said of the new law: "It’s concerning that a third of young people with intimate piercings have reported complications following a procedure. The child protection issues that could also arise from this scenario highlight even further, the importance of implementing such a law. I hope this piece of legislation will help to reduce these issues, and that practitioners understand the importance of obtaining proof of age beforehand." [Welsh Government via Guardian]

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