Our American friends should first understand that the online public databases about child predators they have online are illegal in Europe. This reason is that our politicians think that these child predators should have a second chance and that this will be impossible when their whereabouts and past are public for everyone to see. Being a Belgian I can only have some serious doubts about that axioma. They also say that they monitor those ex-convicts efficiently and permanently and that there should be no further threat or reasonable fear for society and particulary for the children and their parents. Being a Belgian I can only have some serious doubts about that axioma.
To further strengthen their case they launch expensive campaigns and set up or subsidize different organisations and launch several investigations.to identify hundreds of pedos worldwide (when such campaigns against malware and botnetgangs ?) but for which they will never have enough place in prison or for which the social services will never have enough manpower to follow them.
So this is the background for this discussion now that in Holland some antipedo activist has been convicted because she published information about a so-called online child predaetor who sued here. Mistaken identity he claimed.
The problem is that there is no public alternative and that the public trust in the police, judiciary and the social services is so low that private - sometimes wacky underground groups - try to get this information online and that they have the luxury of some public passive support. I don't have much sympathy for them, but I understand their frustration.
The fact of the matter is that this black and white contradiction is not very productive. Every time some pedo restarts again or doesn't have to go to jail because of some unbelievable excuses it makes the headlines and makes people angry again (without coming on the streets and throwing stones).
People expect from the state some form of protection they can trust. Especially for the weak and young. But when the state fails anyone can claim to take its place and can get some credit for at least trying to. But those sometimes wacky people are sometimes no knights on a white horse.
The state should have a database of convicted pedo's or those that can't exercise any profession which brings them in contact with children or who can't live close to for example schools and kindergartens. That database should be open for any professional who works with children or where children are an essential part of the public to check people who are answering job applications or willing to do some volunteer work. This should be an acceptable alternative to the stalemate that is being fought today in which it is unclear for many why the state and its institutions are battling more antipedo activists than the pedos themselves.