A proposed registry of sex offenders for Saint Lucia has won the support of a Trinidad and Tobago NGO.
The JRW Foundation, which is dedicated to urban youth development, has written to the Times in support of the idea.
The Treasurer of the JRW Foundation, Jonathan Bhagan, has said that the foundation is backing the work that Zandoli International is doing to establish the registry here.
“This is a crucial step in the fight against sex crimes and in the light of the passing of the International Megan’s Law, dealing with child sex offenders, by the United States of America earlier this year, sex offender registration will inevitably be introduced to the Caribbean,” Bhagan observed.
Bhagan, who is also co-founder of the JRW Foundation, noted that both Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica already have laws dealing with sex offender registries.
However he observed that these are not publicly available registries.
Bhagan asserted that even so, Saint Lucia and the rest of the Caribbean have no reason to lag behind the rest of the world when it comes to dealing with sex crimes.
He said that JWR Foundation lends its fullest support to Zandoli International in its endeavor.
Zandoli International Foundation and Zandoli Saint Lucia will meet with the Minister of Health, Alvina Reynolds tomorrow, Monday March 7th 2016, to deliver a petition for the establishment of a Saint Lucia Sex Offender Registry.