Date: November 10, 2017
“On October 30th, the State Department announced that passports of people who are required to register as sex offenders because of an offense involving a minor will be marked with a “unique identifier” that will read:
The bearer was convicted of a sex offense against a minor, and is a covered sex offender pursuant to 22 United States Code Section 212b(c)(l).
Ostensibly, the rationale underlying IML and policies like it, such as its namesake, Megan’s Law?—?the legal and pseudo-colloquial term for the sex offender registry?—?is this: those on the registry have a high rate of reoffending; therefore, their international movements ought to be tracked and destination counties put on notice when those on the registry travel abroad. Indeed, in the text of the pre-amble to IML, it is stated that “known child-sex offenders are traveling internationally,” implying a connection between those on the sex offender registry and sex tourism, even though this connection is unsupported by evidence.”