DISAPPEARANCE – The Montpellier public prosecutor’s office on Monday, December 10 opened a preliminary investigation for kidnapping and kidnapping after the disappearance of a transgender teenager who was allegedly taken by his family to a center practicing “conversion therapy” in central France .
In a video posted Sunday on Instagram and seen nearly 10,000 times, a young woman, Julie, explains that her new 17-year-old roommate, Enzo, a theater student at the Florent course in Montpellier, had been taken away last week by her parents after revealing to them that he now wanted to be considered male when he was born a woman.
Taken against his will to a “conversion therapy” facility
The appeal of the young woman, visibly very moved, who considers Enzo “in danger”, was relayed by the association Fierté Montpellier Pride. This one indicated on Twitter that the parents of Enzo had decided to send him against his will from Monday in Juranville (Loiret) in an establishment where are practiced “conversion therapy”, which claim to transform the orientation sexual or gender identity of a person.
In a press release, the Montpellier public prosecutor, Fabrice Belargent, explained that he had been informed by “the associative world” of the “disappearance of a minor who would have been taken under duress to a place to be determined in order to undergo ‘conversion therapy’ ”.
The same facts were further denounced by the Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship, Marlène Schiappa, on the basis of Article 40 of the Code of Criminal Procedure which obliges any official having knowledge of a crime or an offense to ‘inform the prosecution, he said.
Preliminary investigation for kidnapping and forcible confinement
“Following up on these reports, the prosecution opened a preliminary investigation of the heads of kidnapping and kidnapping”, which was entrusted to the territorial direction of the judicial police of Montpellier and to the central direction of the judicial police, specified Fabrice Belargent.
Deputies and senators agreed in October on the joint drafting of a bill to more easily confuse the authors of conversion therapy. Those who practice them may be punished with two years ‘imprisonment and a fine of 30,000 euros, penalties which can increase to three years’ imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros in the event of aggravating circumstances.
Conversion therapy is already punishable via a large number of offenses ― abuse of weakness, harassment, discrimination, homophobic remarks, etc. but these are sometimes “difficult to apprehend”, according to the LREM group in the Assembly.
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