Wales is the first UK country to introduce such a law and those breaking it face prosecution and an unlimited fine.
Local authorities are the primary enforcement bodies but police may also be involved.
The Labour-controlled government said that as well as posing a potential health risk, intimate piercing could place young people in a vulnerable position.
It argued that because children continued to grow during their teenage years, an intimate piercing performed at a young age could result in complications as their bodies developed. Young people might also be less likely to have the experience or knowledge of how to clean or maintain an intimate piercing, leading to an increased risk of infection, it said.
Quite right. People below this age clearly lack the maturity and wisdom to make decisions that might have serious consequences. Who could argue with this?
Oh, wait, hang on….
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