Thursday, October 12, 2017

Washington DC not tracking teachers with criminal records


Scott McFarland of NBC Washington reports on Washington DC’s lack of a system to keep known sex offenders from resuming teaching in Washington DC.  Apparently the City is unreliable in using the MASDTEC database, and other states might not find out why a teacher was dismissed. e story aired on Wednesday Oct. 11, here.

There seem to be many problems with teacher background checks.  Stories about teachers started to increase around 2006, after NBC aired its series “To Catch a Predator” with Chris Hansen.  Most offenders were heterosexual. 

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Sex trafficking laws can catch unknowing bystanders


While Backpage and Section 230 continue to provide legal controversy, zealous prosecution of those who incidentally, and perhaps inadvertently, assist sex trafficking of minors becomes a problem.
  
Truthout, in a long piece by Lauren Walker, describes a federal conviction of a young woman who allowed an underage minor sex worker in her mother’s apartment to change clothes and apparently have a sex act, as guilty of trafficking and is on a sex offender registry for life (link).   The young woman says she was told that the other girl was an adult.  All of this is fallout from the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. 

One wonders if allow one's Internet connection to be used without one's knowledge for trafficking could qualify as an offense.