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Is it Good Policy to Regulate the Passports of Sex Offenders?

The days of overseas travel may soon be over for Australia’s convicted child sex offenders.

On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she planned to introduce legislation that would cancel the passports of about 20,000 people on the national child sex offender register. The new legislation will “make Australia a world leader in protecting vulnerable children from child sex tourism,” according to the foreign minister’s office. Full article

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That is ridiculous, no way that’s going to keep children safe like this, what they are saying is just fallacious and unreasonable, and it’s going to create chaos, hardship.

What do you want to bet that the US too is not far behind in attempting to do the same…

If you read a bit into a SCOTUS decision about a passport case (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haig_v._Agee), it really isn’t much of a stretch to see the State Dept. exercising its “broad authority” and with zero input needed from Congress. They have the power, and only need reasonable justification–which SCOTUS already may have given in Smith, though TBD by Snyder.

–AJ

Until something gets to SCOTUS that puts Legislature back in its place, it will continue to escalate. SCOTUS would need to have the guts to declare across the board that Legislature cannot make laws that undermine the legal system by taking away a Judge’s control at letting a punishment fit a crime. Mandatory minimum sentences, and Sex Offender registration are two things that derail our justice system. I’ve seen it too many times. Those with enough money or clout require judges to allow them to plead down to minor offences while the poor and average people get stuck doing the… Read more »

“According to the Australian foreign minister’s office, almost 800 registered child sex offenders traveled abroad in 2016, and more than one-third did so without permission. The foreign minister hopes the higher standards will stop child sex offenders from visiting vulnerable countries where they are out of the reach of Australian law.” So really what they’re doing is banning travel for all 20,000 RCs because about 250 didn’t complete the administrative activity of notifying the government first. Here’s an idea, try those 250 for their “crime” and take THEIR passports away. Then, Australian is imposing its laws on their citizens while… Read more »

The US started with labeling the passports, and Australia upped the ante by saying they are revoked. The US can’t stand being outdone, so I think internment camps are up next. A virtual prison in some remote location in some desert state with no fences, but your right to intrastate travel, beyond international travel, has been revoked. You’ll be provided a job at 1/2 the pay of those living outside the camp administered by subsidiaries of the major prison industry companies, but you can’t leave so you take it to provide; not to mention you have to pay for the… Read more »

It sounds crazy, but it has happened before. Sex offenses are always a good start, but tyrants will exploit any publicly dispised group. Sometimes it is ethnic fear, sometimes race or nationality, anything that threatens the dearest myths we have about our culture. Fear of sex is the hardest to fight against. It energizes the extremes of both the liberal and conservative camps toward authoritarianism.

I can see the US State Dept trying this, but falling in court because as long as there are countries out there that are not party to Angel Watch, IML, etc, e.g. don’t care who they let in, then the Constitution’s right to travel, commerce, etc will prevail regardless in my opinion.

When people consent to this tyranny, it is probably too late. It is the first lesson in the book,
“On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder”

Sent to the author of this article: Dear Ms. Haynie, Thank you for a well written and informative article. In your article, you reference a UNICEF report citing child sexual abuse statistics and tourism statistics for Asia. I would like to point out that the child sex trafficking connection has never been made between the two groups. There was a very significant report published in 2016 that addressed this very issue: The Global Study Report on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism published May 2016. Key finding: While the focus has long been on foreign tourists from western… Read more »

Nice post. I hope she reads it and doesn’t dismiss it.

The right to travel the globe that you evolved on is a human right and no government has the authority to take that away. They might protest and say that they do but that would mean that they own your body and can therefore do with it what they please. This is not true however much they might get stiff at the idea. While on probation clearly there are many restrictions that one must abide by. However, once deemed “fit” to not be in prison and/or on probation and having paid that famous “debt to society” then you are done.… Read more »

Tired Of Hiding >>> +1 Great comment , and always worth reading even if I don’t always agree ,

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