A new component of Trinidad’s National Sex Offenders registry went into effect on January 31, 2020. The registry can now be made public.

Several countries have registries, but only the United States’ was publicly available. Now, if the Court orders, someone on the Trinidad registry will be publicized online too.

At least the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs recognizes the move is punishment. In a statement they said, “As of January 31st 2020, perpetrators of sexual crimes will face the full brunt of novel laws aimed at deterring, punishing and shaming rapists, paedophiles and those others with a propensity to commit sexual crimes.”

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