sex offender

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Sexual offense is not a new phenomenon in the society today. It has existed for centuries and its effects have been dehumanizing. This retrogressive act has been discussed in socio-political forums with major intentions of finding effective solutions that will eliminate the vice from the social and medical spectra, which have been so far heavily affected. The growth and expansion of computer or internet technology has not spared the existence of this vice (Bartels & Gannon, 2011). Technology has increased the dangers and risks posed by sex offenders, who have integrated skilfully the efficiency caused by information technology in achieving their sadistic objectives. The rapid development of computer technology has further contributed to the advancement of tactics by sexual offenders. They have improved and enhanced their chances of preying on innocent teenagers (Elliott, Beech, & Mandeville-Norden, 2012). This discourse analyzes the advancement of computer technology and the growing rate of sexual molestation through the internet, and how the same technology can be efficiently applied in controlling sexual molestation and keeping sex offenders in checks. Internet and the changing Nature of sexual Predation Before the advent of widespread computer and digital technology, sex offenders were friends, relations, roommates, people residing in the neighbourhoods, and generally people with close proximities to their supposed victims. The society has tried to curb this criminal offense from taking control of the neighbourhoods through increased community policing and improved local, regional, and federal administration with regard to close surveillance of identified sex offenders and enacting policies that create deterrence in as far sexu... ... middle of paper ... ... put in place in order to deal with recidivism of offenders’ threats. Spatial restrictive zones have been established around day care facilities, schools, and public parks. These zones do not deal with internet sex offenders but those offenders identified within the community. The spatial restrictive zones help in offering protection to children through minimization of their exposure to persons who have been convicted of sex offense. These programs are designed to ensure that protection of children against sex offenders begins from the community levels through establishment of structural protective programs. The spatial restricted zones define areas in which sex offenders are not allowed to establish their residences. The prescribed distance from the restricted zones varies depending on the provisions of different municipalities, cities or states (Gillespie, 2011).

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