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house Bill H.R. 515

Should The U.S. Track Where Child-Sex Offenders Travel?

Argument in favor

The sexual exploitation of innocent children is both a domestic and global problem. Monitoring the travel of known child-sex offenders will help curb the problem.

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02/13/2015
The number of children who would be potentially saved from this outweigh the inconvenience that a small number of people would face.
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05/17/2015
When you break federal law, but more importantly international law, you forfeit any right to privacy that might be expected.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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11/20/2015
The U.S. should generally track these things.
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Argument opposed

Monitoring an individual’s activity while they’re abroad when they don’t pose a national security threat is an infringement of their rights — sex offender or not.

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05/05/2015
Sex offenders does not equal child trafficking. Sex offenders are no worst or better than kidnappers or murderers.
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Paparose's Opinion
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04/25/2015
Sex offenders are convicted felons. They should not have the ability to receive a passport. Truth be known, they should not ever be released back into the public
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01/26/2016
I fully support the safety of children but this bill is too vague and really sets a stage for massive privacy infringement.
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What is House Bill H.R. 515?

This bill aims to curb child sex trafficking by giving foreign governments a heads up when U.S. registered child-sex offenders travel to their countries. 

A reintroduction of its counterpart from the 113th Congress, the bill also requests foreign governments to do the same when a child-sex offender from their country is planning to travel to the U.S. However, because the bill is not legally binding for foreign governments, they get to decide whether or not to cooperate.

An Angel Watch Center would be established within the Department of Homeland Security. This Center would receive travel information from child-sex offenders, keep a record of relevant information, and conduct annual reviews on the Center’s notification procedures to destination countries. 

Impact

Potential victims of human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad, registered child sex offenders, the U.S. government, and foreign governments.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 515

$0.00
A CBO cost estimate is unavailable. However, the CBO estimated that H.R. 515's 113th Congress counterpart (H.R. 4573) would have no direct impact on the federal budget because it does not include a funding authorization, and attempts to "streamline current activities by DHS."

More Information

Of Note: An estimated 1.2 million children around the world are trafficked every year. According to Johns Hopkins University’s Protection Project, a considerable number of sex tourists who target children come from the U.S.


In Depth: The travel information of U.S. child-sex offenders would be provided by the U.S. Marshals Service’s National Sex Offender Targeting Office.

Convicted child-sex offenders in the U.S. planning to travel abroad would be given a notice from the Secretary of Homeland Security and appropriate agencies before arriving in the foreign country. However, the notice will not be given if it conflicts with an existing investigation involving the child-sex offender. 

Additionally, if the Center has reason to believe that the transmission of such notice would put the child-sex offender’s life or well-being at risk, the Center will alert the child-sex offender of such risk. The Center will also notify the child-sex offender of the possibility of being denied entry into the country.


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AKA

International Megan's Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders

Official Title

An act to protect children and others from sexual abuse and exploitation, including sex trafficking and sex tourism, by providing advance notice of intended travel by registered sex offenders outside the United States to the government of the country of destination, requesting foreign governments to notify the United States when a known sex offender is seeking to enter the United States, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • EnactedFebruary 8th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed December 17th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed January 26th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 22nd, 2015

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    The number of children who would be potentially saved from this outweigh the inconvenience that a small number of people would face.
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    Sex offenders does not equal child trafficking. Sex offenders are no worst or better than kidnappers or murderers.
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    When you break federal law, but more importantly international law, you forfeit any right to privacy that might be expected.
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    The U.S. should generally track these things.
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    Absolutely! We track much less vile wastes of oxygen. These animals need to be monitored no matter WHERE they are!
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    Sex offenders are convicted felons. They should not have the ability to receive a passport. Truth be known, they should not ever be released back into the public
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    The justifiable fear is that US sex offenders will take "sex Holidays". There are numerous accounts of just this type of behavior, with men "leading on" multiple "brides" during short visits to poor foreign countries. Predators will be attracted to places with more salutary neglect, more lax laws regarding sexual offenses, and to very poor or war torn areas. Sex offenders are a rather specific group with genuinely concerning profiles. I would not hesitate to follow them. They are tracked here in the US as well. In any case, I would definitely warn foreign countries of there movements.
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    I fully support the safety of children but this bill is too vague and really sets a stage for massive privacy infringement.
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    Western travelers are at the top when it comes to foreign brothel visits and acquiring the services of sex workers, trafficked and nontrafficked, especially in Southeast Asia. Keeping track of those travelers' whereabouts could give greater insight into where trafficked individuals are ending up and also alert authorities to service hotspots, especially those offering minors. We've all seen the repeat offender stats. To think repeat child sex offenders are not at least attempting to access minors in other countries is absurd.
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    The language in this bill is overly broad, and would include "Romeo & Juliet" offenders, as well as anyone who commits an offense against someone who may be a minor according to federal law but is not a minor in the state where the offense committed (for example, in New York, Kidnapping of a 17-year-old is a registrable sex offense, and this offender would be labeled by HR 515).
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    Curb child sex trafficking.
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    The derangement required to abuse children is very troubling. We should know where these people go.
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    If a sex offender is traveling they are no longer under as strict of a watch as they were in their home area. For the sake of other states or countries children we need to let them know who is coming to their area.
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    My thoughts...
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    Just like terrorist watch lists the government should track child sex traffic people who are registered sex offenders
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    Sex offender registration laws have been proven time and time again to be ineffective and actually lead to more crime. Common sense people.
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    Where does it end..speeders can't get a license...
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    Keep a close eye on these sex offenders
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    They should lose all their rights including the right to travel unsupervised. But I also believe this should be funded by those charged
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    Complete overreach of the criminal justice system
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