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Call for tougher law as kids go wild for body piercing

Posted in Piercing News at 5:25 pm by admin

TOUGH new regulations on body piercings are needed to curb piercings on children that occur without the knowledge of parents, a state MP has warned.

Liberal MP David Hodgett has called for an immediate overhaul of body piercing laws in Victoria. He wants strict guidelines that force children to have parental consent before they can have any part of their body pierced, including ears.

“Currently there is an age limit for tattooing, and it is an offence to tattoo someone under the age of 18,” Mr Hodgett told State Parliament.

“However, the same does not apply to skin-penetration procedures such as body piercing, except for the piercing of the genital area in both males and females.”

Mr Hodgett will write to the Health Minister and Attorney-General tomorrow, requesting laws that require people under the age of 18 to have parental consent before any body piercing is performed.

Mr Hodgett said that while earlobe piercing was not of great concern, all piercings for people under the age of 18 should have parental consent.

“While we are not trying to be too restrictive on earlobe piercing, it seems a lot simpler to say anyone who is a minor should have parental consent before they have body piercing,” he said.

Tim Pigot, spokesman for Health Minister Bronwyn Pike, said the Government would talk to police about whether laws relating to body piercing for minors needed to be tightened.

“There are existing guidelines that govern genital piercings that require consent for minors and refer operators to the relevant sections of the Crimes Act,” he said.

“However, there are complex legal issues surrounding genital piercings of minors, and we will discuss these with police to determine whether existing tattoo and piercing laws need to be expanded.”

Mr Hodgett said some people in the industry “did the right thing” when it came to body piercing and minors but said mandatory legislation was required.

“I call for legislation requiring mandatory parental consent for minors wishing to have body piercing, as is the case in NSW,” he said.

“Legislation would flush out the operators who do not apply restrictions and ensure that children are protected from the risk of serious infection, scarring and other health implications.”

He said parental consent would ensure parents were involved in the decision-making process. “It can prevent spur-of-the moment decisions, and it can reduce peer pressure,” Mr Hodgett said.


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  1. Steven said,

    August 8, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    It’s unfortunate that kids are finding places to get pierced underage illegally, but that is always going to be an issue. Shops need to scrutinize ID’s thoroughly and make sure that the adult is actually the parent. I go to Tommy T’s Body Piercing and they require a Birth Certificate to prove the minor and the adult are actually related. Absolutely no genital or nipple piercings on minors!!!

  2. kimmey said,

    November 3, 2007 at 12:30 am

    I totally disagree with this post. As nice as it is to say “we’re going to cut down on underage piercings”, it’s just not the case. If they want the piercing that bad, regardless of the age, they will either go to a very bad shop or do it themselves. Both of which more than likely will cause an infection, and if they are trying to hide it from their parents (which most teenagrs would do – especially if they’d done it themselves) can get so bad they would need to be admitted to hospital. Ok, genitals fair enough, but still this should only be a 16+ age limit in my view – if they can have sex why can they have piercings? This is just my view, but i’ve seen quite a few DIY jobs in my time, and i’d certainly do my best to stop my children going through what some of those people had to, even if that meant they had piercings. This MP has probably led such a stuck up life he’d never even considered this – but i certainly have.

  3. Ninaa said,

    December 19, 2007 at 9:58 am

    I totally disagree with this post. I have many piercings at the age of 15 and i don’t think that enforcing an age restriction will stop the illegal piercings. I think that people should be aloud to do as they wish with their body, piercings are removable. I understand that a minor of 11 or 12 getting a lip piercing(for example) is unreasonable as would any piercing be. Personally, i don’t think allowing a legal age restriction will work, there are many ways around this law and i have found many out. Instead of a formal law maybe peircing studio’s should enforce a law of practise?

  4. james whitford said,

    December 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    i completely disagree with this i am 15 years old and my parents are not allowing me to get my lip pierced this however will not stop me to seek out either a illegal studio or pierce it myself this is causing much more risks to myself, what would you rather your son/ daughter get it done professionally or let them do it themselves risking being hospitalized i know which one i’d pick.