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Why We Fight to Keep Registered Sex Offenders Online

Believing that human trafficking is worsened by the internet’s anonymity, the sponsors of California’s Proposition 35 thought they had a simple solution to combating the problem: require convicted traffickers to register as sex offenders. Then require all individuals on California’s sex offender registry to disclose their online identities and service providers.

The measure passed in the November election with 81 percent voter approval. This isn’t surprising, since Prop. 35 also increases criminal penalties for trafficking, uses criminal fines to fund victim services organizations, and mandates more law-enforcement training on human trafficking. But the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU of Northern California sued, challenging the constitutionality of the reporting requirements – and this Monday, a federal court will hear arguments about whether it should continue to block the measure’s implementation. Full Article

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Well written article with excellent presentation of facts in a logical and easy to understand manner. I was most impressed with the number of intelligent and overwhelmingly positive and supportive comments post below the article. Hopefully this represents the thinking of many more and it seems that others are starting to finally “get it” and more importantly are not afraid to come out and be vocal. For too long if anyone said anything about being against new restrictive laws they were branded as being as “bad” as sex offenders with the old blanket statement being “they gave up their rights… Read more »

Yeah, OK..but not all that spectacular an article. Sort of the same hackney rehashed and, in typical American Chicken Journalist style, failed to come to grips with the issue. Take a look at the experience of the “American Sex Offender” (I don’t mean the documentary.) What happens is that the full force and vigor of the police is brought to bear on the offender. He is accused of the “Most heinous crime imaginable” where even brief incarceration will result in certain inmates murdering him due to the lack of control in the prisons. The American Sex Offender is instructed that… Read more »

Beautifully written. You have a clear and personal understanding of the plight of RSOs.
Does anyone have the name(s) and address of the Offendex.com owner(s)?

There was an effort to challenge offendex.com and its way of doing ‘business’. Someone posted this here a while ago. Not sure where things stand at this point…

http://offendextortion.com/

..and S191948 is stalled for almost a year at the California Supreme Court. I heartily recommend that you interested parties Google it and read the history of the challenge. Most likely, it will go to the United States Supreme Court because there is no way the prosecuting entities are going to go down hard without a big fight, and S191948 represents a major defeat for their strategy.

This injustice to free Americans discriminates on its face
to selective man-made forced to be on list….when if truly
this ’35’ prop. was Constitutional …would force all free
Americans to give police private communication information …
…’35’ is grossly un-constitutional in alot of sections.

Equal protection of the laws …the Constitution protects all Americans
…not for just some…for everyone ………if some free Americans are
forced against their will to give private communication information …
then all Americans must be forced to give their over phone lines
communication information …this ’35’ part is in direct conflict with
the Constitution.

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