Ad­vo­cates Dis­agree With La Corbiniere on Child Sex Of­fend­ers Reg­istry

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

Agroup, which is em­bark­ing on a cam­paign for Saint Lu­cia to have a Child Sex Of­fend­ers Reg­istry has taken um­brage with com­ments com­ing from the Min­is­ter of Na­tional Se­cu­rity Phillip La Corbiniere. In a tele­vised in­ter­view this week the min­is­ter did not see the pos­si­bil­ity of in­tro­duc­ing such a mea­sure here, since ac­cord­ing to him it would “box peo­ple in.”

The group strongly be­lieves that the State can and does have the author­ity to dic­tate how peo­ple who have been con­victed of sex crimes are rein­tro­duced into the so­ci­ety. “The fam­ily sup­port sys­tem to which the min­is­ter refers, is, and has been ill equipped to deal with the preva­lence of sex­ual abusers in the home and com­mu­nity,” a state­ment from the group reads. They are of the opin­ion that sex­ual crimes are the same re­gard­less of the coun­try where they are com­mit­ted. As a re­sult, tried and proven meth­ods of en­force­ment, and treat­ment for of­fend­ers re­mains the same,” the group says. Ac­cord­ing to the group go­ing by the name Zan­doli; “a sex of­fender reg­istry is just one as­pect of a larger pro­tec­tion mech­a­nism for the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia.

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