Saint Lucia is in talks with other countries of the Caribbean on the implementation of a regional registry of sex offenders.
The disclosure was made today when representatives of Zandoli International met Health Minister, Alvina Reynolds.
The purpose of the meeting was to present a petition for the establishment of a sex offender registry here.
The on line petition, launched in February last year, attracted signatures from Saint Lucians both at home and abroad.
Communications Director of Zandoli International, Norbert Williams, asserting that Saint Lucia cannot do it alone, disclosed that his organization has been working with officials in other Caribbean countries.
Williams said they include Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Vincent, Antigua and Jamaica.
“We started the Caribbean Committee against sex crimes and we have a draft treaty to present to Caricom for a regional sex offenders registry,” he revealed.
Williams warned that Saint Lucia could be in the cross hairs of sex tourism.
According to him, pressure from organizations like the United Nations is causing countries that are known for their sex trade to enact legislation to deal with the problem.
Williams expressed the opinion that as a consequence, sex tourists are going to move to areas where legislation and protections are less.
“We see Saint Lucia being in the cross hairs because it is a very lucrative business for the people involved and we have to do something about it, we have to be proactive,” the Zandoli International official declared.
In respect of the proposed sex offender registry for Saint Lucia, Williams explained that it would include persons convicted of sex crimes such as child molestation and rape.
However he said that the proposal was not for a “blanket” registry but one based on risk and level of depravity of the crime.
Williams suggested that there could be two or three levels as obtains in New Jersey, where he said there exists registries covering five, ten and fifteen years.