Sex Offenders Registry gets T&T support

Sex Offenders Registry gets T&T support

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.

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4 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 6, 2016 at 9:05 pm Reply

    Hope Lucia has enough paper for that registry

  2. Chuck
    March 6, 2016 at 10:11 pm Reply

    The registry is INEFFECTIVE, as is Megans Law… according to the US Dept of Justice statistics,,, 90% of all child molestation and sexual abuse is committed by parents, relatives, or someones who knows the child… Not Strangers…

    Megans law paints all offenders, whether they urinated in a park or download porn, or committed a sexual offense, it treats them the same.. it is not science based or based on real statistics… it was created based on Pitch Fork/Torch mentality.

  3. TNF 13
    March 6, 2016 at 11:13 pm Reply

    95% of new sex crimes are committed by first-time offenders, not registered sex offenders. That was true in New York prior to the registry, and after. The registry does absolutely nothing. Public notification creates a hit list. Most of the most prolific child rapists in recent memory were not on any registry, and the registry does not protect children. ATSA’s prevention initiatives are constantly ignored, despite being based in fact.

    The 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys who are abused by the time they turn eighteen demand that legislation be based on fact, not popularity, fear, and emotion.

  4. Anonymous
    November 8, 2016 at 9:20 pm Reply

    Hello,

    I am a St Lucia and my company will be glad to provide the software (database and website) to facilitate the registering of sexual offenders.
    Please feel free to contact me info@agsshippingservices.com

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