A unique scientific study is under way in Sweden to see if drugs can prevent paedophiles from acting on their sexual urges.

The trial sees self-confessed paedophiles given a drug normally used to treat advanced prostate cancer, in order to determine if it reduces the risk of them sexually abusing a child.

It is hoped the £1,000-a-year ($1,415) prostate cancer medicine Degarelix – a drug that stops testosterone from being produced – will reduce sex drive and curb urges.

The drugs trial at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet involves 60 patients have sought help for paedophile fantasies, but have not acted on them.

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