Names &Pictures of Dutch Pedophiles Published Online
Published: 9 February 2009 17:06
Death threats are just one of the reported consequences of the controversial step taken by a Dutch campaign group in publishing the names, addresses and – in some cases – photographs of paedophiles on the internet despite rules in the Netherlands banning such a move.
The group in question, Stopkindersex (Stop Child Sex), has hosted its site in the US to get around the legal ban in the Netherlands. The site was flooded this weekend by people anxious to learn if they are living in the vicinity of a convicted pedophile.
Meanwhile, a small Dutch political grouping – commonly known as the ‘pedo party’ – which is campaigning for more tolerance towards pedophile sex, has filed a complaint with the police against the website, arguing that it violates the country’s privacy laws.
One person mentioned on the website, who was been found not guilty by a Dutch court of the charges brought against him and is awaiting the appeals case, had the windows of his home smashed in on Saturday by a person or persons unknown. A convicted pedophile, who has served time in jail, told the press he has repeatedly received death threats over the telephone.
(Someone want to explain to me how this person was found “not guilty”, yet is still awaiting appeals? Somehow, I think he was convicted, had the conviction overturned on appeal, but is still on appeals for that overturning. Not quite as explained — but pedophiles are profligate liars, too.)
On Friday it was reported that the Stop Child Sex foundation had launched a website featuring the names, addresses and photographs of some 20 (alleged) Dutch pedophiles. Dutch privacy laws prohibit the publication of personal details of people who have been convicted.
The foundation aims to sidestep this law by having the site hosted in the United States. It has also published a statement calling on people to refrain from using violence against pedo-sexuals. Dutch public prosecutor Diederik Greive told the ANP news agency that the legal authorities are not planning to take immediate action against the website.
(“Pedo-Sexuals”? Like pedophilia is something Normal? Somebody hand me my gun, please.)
It may prove to be hard to get a name removed from the website, criminal law professor Anton van Kalmthout of Tilburg University told Radio Netherlands Worldwide. “It is up to the people whose privacy is being violated to take legal action, but the problem is: against whom? In previous cases of this kind it has proved very difficult to trace exactly who is behind such websites.”
And, refuting the claims of the website, Van Kalmthout adds, “One does not protect children by chasing pedo-sexuals. I looked at the site and saw someone who was convicted 21 years ago for having sex with a child. It is unlikely that he is still a danger to society. The website does not contribute to the reintegration of these former convicts into society,” he says. A view shared by justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin, whose spokesperson says “this kind of naming and shaming is highly undesirable”.
Van Kalmthout sounds like a pedophile himself. I think this kind of naming and shaming is an excellent deterrent to future pedophiles. Furthermore, I think pedophiles should get 50 year sentences (without parole) to ensure they never harm that child again.
Pedophiles are the worst kind of scum. They prey on the weakest, most vulnerable, most trusting members of society and threaten them with violence and death if they “tell.” They lie easily, frequently, and habitually; and have an extremely high recidivism rate (greater than 90% of all pedophiles will offend again.)
Wake up, Netherlands. Either wake up, or just sacrifice your children now. And don’t blame me when they hate you in 20 years for your spinelessness.