By Gabrielle Okun, DCNF
United States passports will start labeling child sex offenders, the Department of State announced Wednesday.
The State Department, which issues U.S. passports, will begin revoking passports of registered child sex offenders and updating them. Child sex offenders will be forced to apply for one that lists their “unique identifier” status, reported the New York Post. The Department of Homeland security will notify the State Department of the registered status of child sex offenders, thus initiating the status, reported the New York Times Friday.
“The bearer was convicted of a sex offense against a minor and is a covered sex offender pursuant to (US law),” the back cover of the passport will read. Smaller passport cards will no longer be issued to registered child sex offenders since there is not enough room to list the information.
The passports will not prevent registered sex offenders from “departing the United States nor the validity of their passports,” according to the State Department.
The State Department’s changes seek to eliminate child sex tourism. The response comes from the “International Megan’s Law” when Megan Kanka, 7, was murdered by a child sex offender in 1994 in New Jersey.
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