I can understand how one person slips under the radar, but EIGHTEEN sex offenders is absurd!

No fewer than 18 sex offenders in the Greater Manchester are have vanished. Paedophiles, rapists and gropers, not to mention other offenders have slipped under the radar and are currently on a ‘most wanted’ type list.

All of them have failed to inform authorities of their whereabouts and have essentially gone without a trace. All of the published offenders, all of which are men, are deemed to be highly dangerous to the public, with some of them being at the highest end of the scale.

So how do we sort this problem? These men aren’t petty criminals that have shop lifted a couple of packs of chewing gum, they are seriously dangerous individuals. Individuals, who in my opinion don’t deserve their human rights, they never considered their victims human rights, so why should we consider theirs?

How about giving them an under the skin GPS tracker? I don’t doubt that some offenders may be rehabilitated, but I certainly wouldn’t give them a long leash. Being able to track them would be a much simpler solution. Especially with the sex offenders register that requires those on it to be regularly seen by police to ensure they haven’t done a runner.

In the same breath though, appointments can’t always be made, and given that Manchester has some of the most diabolic public transport routes (where I lived, the trains were always 10 minutes late, and the busses came when they came), so you can’t expect an offender to be at their 10am appointment at bang on 10am every time. Being able to track them would give authorities the power to just check they are where they say they are, and see if they are actually stuck in traffic on Oldham Road, or are really in Brighton after fleeing.

What about electronic tagging? A little more visible, but a good way to ensure that we can keep a close eye on them, and if they stray, the authorities will know and will come down on them like a tonne of bricks.

I am sick of criminals in my home city, one of the best cities in the world, being given weak sentences, slaps on the wrist, and then being able to slip under the radar. When you commit a crime so heinous, you give up your human rights, your right to freedom, your right to anonymity, your right to live and breathe among the rest of us.

Sod the Human Rights laws, if you commit a crime so heinous that it warrants your arrest, trial and conviction, you don’t deserve them. Rights and Responsibilities. I have the right to be who I want to be, but I have the responsibility to be a good, upstanding citizen.

That is how the world works, treat others how you want to be treated, and if you don’t, expect to have the full weight of the law come crashing down on you with such force your head spins.


Published by Sara O'Connell

A passionate photographer from Arizona, Sara enjoys art and culture.