American pedophiles do not just pose a risk to American children. A significant portion of the multi-billion dollar global sex industry is made up of child sex tourism, which is prominent in countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Brazil, and Mexico.
Convicted sex offenders who have served their time in the US have up until this point still been able to travel abroad and utilize the poorly regulated sex trade in countries where the exploitation of children is rampant. An additional appeal to these perverted criminals is that governments abroad also have no way of knowing their criminal history–until now.
On the surface, it seems like the Trump administration isn’t doing much, and there’s no point in denying that he hasn’t made a lot of headway in fulfilling his biggest campaign promises.
That being said, below the headlines, his administration has made some small changes that are sure to wield big results.
One of the greatest examples of this was the recent announcement from the State Department that the US will begin to identify registered child sex offenders on passports.
On Wednesday, according to The Stream, the State Department announced that they will begin revoking the passports of registered child sex offenders and require them to re-apply for a new passport that features a “unique identifier” of their status that states inside the back cover of their passport booklet that “The bearer was convicted of a sex offense against a minor, and is a covered sex offender pursuant to (U.S. law).”
The Stream also explained that “child sex offenders will no longer be issued smaller travel documents known as passport cards because they do not have enough room to fit the notice.”
This change comes in response to the recent passing of “Megan’s Law”, named for a 7-year-old New Jersey girl who was murdered by a registered sex offender that aims to prevent child exploitation and child sex tourism.
“The State Department, which issues U.S. passports, said it will start notifying those affected as soon as it receives their names from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security,” The Stream explained. “That agency is charged with identifying child sex offenders and is the sole agency that can add or remove someone from the list.”
This is a fantastic move by the State Department, a government agency that should be doing everything in its power to punish any involvement of a US citizen in the international child sex trade. By identifying child sex offenders on passports, we are doing our part to better assist other governments with limited resources to stop the flow of child sex tourists into their country.
No doubt this will be a huge blow to a disgusting global industry!