You may have walked a block to school every morning in elementary school or road your bike around the neighborhood during the summer months. Little did your parents know that there were 178 sex offenders in your presumably safe city.
If www.familywatchdog.us existed when you were growing up, your parents may not have let you out of the house. You can type in your home address and little boxes will pop up to show you which houses you can avoid. Not only do you get the full name of each listed sex offender on this site, but also a picture and their convictions. You can pay the site for a background check.
Is it moral to expose an individual for the rest of their lives for crimes they committed in their younger years? Is privacy an inalienable right?
It is not. The average number of children molested by a single predator before they are caught is 117. If that is not enough to persuade you that sexual offenses must be monitored, 30% of these children will likely become sexual predators themselves. From one predator, approximately 31 children are likely to become sexual offenders according to this statistic. This is a chain reaction.
No one can argue for sex offenders, but many will argue for their privacy. http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/2002/06/53075 argues that perhaps the offender did something stupid and should not be branded for life. But this is just the account of the offender. Can it be taken as truth? Should it be? Groping a 14 year old when you are 30 is likely going to get you into trouble, taking advantage of the ignorance of children for pleasure.