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Sex Offenders' Names Posted On Website

Public servants, security guards, cooks and students were among 169 South Korean sex offenders whose names were posted on the Internet today as part of a campaign to curb rising sex crimes against minors.
The highly unusual measure in South Korea’s conservative society caused so many people to visit the Government website that an Internet traffic jam was reported.
With nearly half of its 46 million people surfing the Internet, South Korea sees the Web as a potent tool to humiliate offenders and deter more crimes.
The Government’s Commission on Youth Protection will keep posted the names, ages, occupations and details of crime of the convicted rapists and child molesters on its website for six months.
The data will also be on the bulletin boards of central and provincial Governments for one month.
While women’s groups have hailed the new plan, advocates of criminal rights have criticised the Government for punishing the convicts twice.
‘‘I am all for the plan. It’s really shocking to see that public servants who should know better were caught having sex with children young enough to be their daughters,’’ said Yim Jung-man, a 34-year-old housewife, after seeing the list.
Facing criticism that it was violating criminals’ rights, the Government decided against releasing photos and home addresses of the offenders. Instead, it only listed the neighbourhoods where they live.
‘‘I think the Government should release their photographs as well because so many Koreans have the same names and there could be innocent victims of this list,’’ said Sohn Yong-wook, a government official.
Kim So-yeon, an office worker, said that she was against releasing the photos because ‘‘it will kill these people twice’’.
Among the sex offenders, 65 were convicted of rape and attempted rape, 61 of sexual harassment, 27 of buying sex from minors and 16 of brokering youth prostitution. Among the 169 convicts, 23 were held in prison and six were women.
A person convicted of raping a teenage girl faces between five and 15 years in prison.
Those convicted of buying sex from a minor face up to three years in jail. Minors are people under the age of 19.

Breaking News.com (30-8-2001)




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