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Samoa: Girls, women and mothers have a right to be protected from sex offenders

The launch of the Samoa Law Reform Commission’s Report on the Sex Offenders Register yesterday is a step in the right direction. And with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s use of such strong language in relation to repeated sex offenders, it certainly sends the message that there is no place in this country for such people.

Which is fantastic. At last we are moving on to something that should have been established a long, long time ago. We say this because over the years we’ve been extremely concerned about repeated sex offenders and sexual predators roaming the streets– including sex offenders sent back to Samoa from overseas.

The problem is a lot more than that of course. We’ve also had international sex offenders and pedophiles who arrive as so-called investors, setting up businesses and mixing with our people. They end up going about their business completely undetected.  Full Article

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  1. mch

    I’m sure that the U.S. has greatly influenced this policy of theirs. Totally ignorant people and this editorial cites one case. Too many coconuts have fallen on the Samoan heads.

  2. Punished for being alive

    “They have a right to be protected, which is a very basic human right they are entitled to and we should grant them.”

    But the online registry will NOT “protect” them!

    What a predictable, fear mongering “the need is urgent” citing children are in imminent danger op-ed!

    Disgusted beyond words.

  3. Timmr

    Samoa’s land is being inundated by the sea and increasingly intense storms, and as a result livelihoods are being lost, causing disruption to families, breakdown of culture and forced migrations. People convicted of sex offenses, per the US model, provide a diversion from the immenent problems, social and economic breakdown due to environmental collapse due to climate change, caused largely by the north American country their politicians are trying to emulate.

  4. ab

    Just wait until boys, men, and fathers start becoming targets for sex offenses. Got to love how the current proposal only seeks protection for half a population. Good job Samoa on being so forward thinking only half the populace has a right to be protected.

  5. T

    That kind of statement is nothing more then manipulation, and what they are saying about registrants inhumane.

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