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September 8, 2009

"A Move to Register Sex Offenders Globally"

The title of this post is the headline of this new piece in Time.   Here is how it gets started:

While the world's attention was focused on Phillip Garrido, who is accused of abducting 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 and holding her hostage for 18 years as a sex slave, three other alleged sexual predators were quietly brought back to the United States to face prosecution for abusing countless children in Cambodia.  The horrifying ordeal of Garrido's victim is now well documented; however, the stories of an estimated 1.8 million other children worldwide who are forced into the multi-billion dollar commercial sex trade every year remain largely unheard.

One of the men arrested in Cambodia, Jack Sporich, 75, spent nine years in a California prison for molesting as many as 500 boys during camping trips.  Although Sporich was placed on a public registry and barred from living or working within 1,000 feet of a school or a child-care center anywhere in the U.S., Cambodian authorities were not notified when Sporich relocated to Phnom Penh in 2006.  Sporich was arrested after an investigation by a local agency — Action Pour Les Enfants-Cambodia — alleged that he had lured three Cambodian boys aged 9 to 12 to his home with toys and candies.  Court documents state that Sporich also enticed them by dropping Cambodian currency in the street as he rode along on a motorbike.

The case has reinvigorated support for H.R. 1623, the "International Megan's law," which Rep. Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, introduced in March 2009.  If passed, the bill would alert officials abroad when U.S. sex offenders intend to travel, and likewise encourage other countries to keep sex offender lists and to notify the U.S. about offenders' travel plans to the United States.  U.S. law can grab American predators overseas. Sporich, along with Ronald Boyajian, 49, and Erik Peeters, 41, were charged under the PROTECT Act, which was enacted six years ago to strengthen federal laws related to predatory crimes committed outside the U.S. (A federal magistrate ordered the three held in custody until their arraignment on Sept. 21.  Each could face up to 30 years in prison per victim if convicted.)

But human rights organizations say their alleged crimes never should have occurred because all three men were previously convicted of sex offenses in the U.S. and listed in the domestic sex offender registry.  "Sex offenders still think they can come to East Asia and commit new crimes with impunity," says Giorgio Berardi, Program Officer for Combating Child-Sex Tourism at ECPAT International, an organization working to eliminate child pornography, prostitution and trafficking.  "We need far better collaboration between countries to prevent sexual exploitation of children."

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Yes, because this has done so much good here in the US.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Sep 9, 2009 12:14:12 AM

From the article: "If we know someone is committing serious crimes at home or overseas, we want to accurately identify them," says Karen Stauss of the Polaris Project.

So how will this law combat that? It simply won't. Someone who is committing serious crimes isn't going to tell anyone. RSO's are people who have been convicted or plead to sex acts which are illegal. They have paid their debt to society, and if the US Dept. of Justice can be believed, *don't* commit the majority of new sex offenses.

I think we simply have to outlaw penis's and the holders thereof.

Posted by: Doc | Sep 9, 2009 1:07:49 AM

The neighbor predator knocked on Megan's door. She opened it, and that sealed her fate.

What was the lawyer solution? Shuffle paper. Make lists. Do so without testing whether a massive effort would prevent the loss of another little girl. Naturally, lawyer jobs increased. Lawyers wrote this law. They run the list. They dispute the addition or deletion of a name. They sue when the list causes a lot of collateral problems. Good deal for the lawyers.

Not a good deal for little girls.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 9, 2009 3:46:59 PM

"The term sexual predator is often used to describe severe or repeat sex offenders."

Actually that's not 100% correct. These terms are used to scare the public into begging government to take away the rights of some people. The problem we're all going to see all too soon is that when we allow government to abuse the rights of some citizens, we tacitly agree to the loss of some of our rights.

We happily/fearfully give up some of our liberties for a fleeting promise of a little safety. We end up with neither.

Posted by: Doc | Sep 10, 2009 1:07:19 AM

Opponents of sex offender registration lists argue that the lists are more punitive than they are helpful. These opponents are using the Philip Garrido case as the smoking gun to show how ineffective sexual registration laws...

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Posted by: Sex Toys | Mar 12, 2010 9:04:48 AM

"1.8 million other children worldwide who are forced into the multi-billion dollar commercial sex trade every year remain largely unheard" I never knew this kind of thing, this is madness! We must help them, child is the new generation heroes.

"One of the men arrested in Cambodia, Jack Sporich, 75, spent nine years in a California prison for molesting as many as 500 boys during camping trips." about this kind situation, this is cruel! This man must be on electric chair, and electric to death.

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Posted by: no money down real estate investing | Jul 21, 2010 6:03:52 AM

A sex offender is a sex offender, no matter which country they are in.

Posted by: Sex Toys UK | Sep 6, 2010 3:25:01 AM

They are all sexual predators and should be named and shamed. A little bit like the UK pop star Gary Glitter who thankfully left the United Kingdom and no one ever plays his records again. I think he is in prison now where he should rot.

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