A proposed voluntary registration system for sex offenders to be launched next month would be pointless unless it was made mandatory, child care institutes and schools have told the government.Tuesday, 8 November, 2011, 12:00am
After years of public debate, the government has finally made a small but welcome step to address a very pressing issue close to the heart of parents and educators. Later this year, for the first time, enterprises in fields involving children or mentally incapacitated people can check if their prospective employees have any convictions for sexual offences.3 May 2011 - 12:00am
Equal Opportunities Commission chief Lam Woon-kwong is concerned that a proposed check for sexual offences for anyone applying to work with children might impose another hurdle on former offenders seeking employment and affect their rehabilitation.10 Mar 2010 - 12:00am
The true quality of any society is judged not by how it looks after its brightest and best people but how it treats those with the greatest disadvantages and, even more so, how it responds to small minorities who are most despised. It is hard to think of a category of more despised people than former sex offenders.5 Feb 2010 - 12:00am
It can be difficult to strike a balance between protection of the community and the rights of sex offenders who have paid their debt to society. In Hong Kong, as in many parts of the world, it remains a contentious issue. Cases of repeat offences against children by people in positions of trust tend to inflame it.12 Jan 2010 - 12:00am
A subcommittee of the Law Reform Commission is still working on the final report on setting up a registry of sex offenders a year after public consultation on the issue ended.
The committee, set up to review the law on sexual offences, launched a three-month consultation on a possible registry in July last year.3 Nov 2009 - 12:00am
Psychological treatment for sex offenders is being revamped in a bid to correct their distorted attitudes to sex and cut a soaring reoffending rate.
Correctional Services Department psychologists are also trying to help offenders deal with the avalanche of pornography available on the internet, which they say may be a factor in the growth of sex offences.13 Mar 2009 - 12:00am
Something more should be done to ensure our younger generation is raised in a safe environment.
It is not difficult to comprehend the disappointment of worried residents - especially parents - in Laguna Verde when the property management disclosed that they do not have the legal power to ban an owner who is a convicted child molester from entering or using the clubhouse.5 Jan 2009 - 12:00am
Everyone wants to protect children from the clutches of paedophiles. But we must make sure we do not do so at the expense of established laws that safeguard our privacy, freedom and property rights. A dispute at the Laguna Verde estate in Hung Hom has reopened the debate.27 Dec 2008 - 12:00am
A human rights group has warned that a Law Reform Commission proposal to set up a register of sex offenders to protect children from molesters could be unconstitutional.
The Society for Community Organisation also said the records in the register could easily be abused.1 Nov 2008 - 12:00am
Former US Catholic Church pastor Dennis Sewar came to Hong Kong to start a new life after a child sex scandal in which he pleaded guilty to a non-sexual charge in return for the dropping of a more serious offence. He argues that he did nothing wrong and that the climate in his country involving priests and sexual abuse is biased.16 Sep 2008 - 12:00am
Public consultation likely by year's end
A public consultation on setting up a register of sex offenders could be available by the end of the year now that members of a Law Reform Commission subcommittee have decided to focus on this issue in response to growing public concern.21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am
From time to time, when dealing with repeat sex offenders against children, the courts have called for a register of their names to be available to protect the public. The idea usually garners strong public support. For two years now it has been under consideration by a panel of the Law Reform Commission looking at sex offences generally.21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am
Paedophile registers in other countries
Three months after a convicted sex offender raped and killed seven-year-old Megan Kanka in 1994, so-called Megan's Law was introduced in New Jersey; by May 1996 it was in place nationwide. Each state requires convicted paedophiles to register their names, addresses and photos, lists accessible to parents
UK19 Aug 2006 - 12:00am
Convicted serial sex offenders are using the MTR system as a hunting ground, the former head of its police unit said.
'We have a number of known regulars who deliberately go into the system to attack women,' said former Mass Transit Railway district commander Stuart Wringe, who was transferred to another post this month.20 Jan 1997 - 12:00am