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A Georgia lawmakers hopes his state will join several others – including Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, and Louisiana – and dozens of cities, towns, and counties across the US that now order registered sex offenders to put out a "NO CANDY HERE" sign.
It's a gambit to warn trick or treaters against possible molesters. But it also raises constitutional and societal questions over identifying America's more than 500,000 registered sex offenders by where they live.
"There's a lot of fake monsters running around on Halloween, but there are some real ones, too,"
(CNN) -- Scores of sex offenders in Anderson, South Carolina, will be corralled for Halloween tonight in a move authorities say is needed to keep kids safe as they trick or treat.
But some say the sex offender roundups and restrictions are more show than safety.
"There has not been a single case of any child being molested by a convicted sex offender while trick-or-treating," writes columnist Benjamin Radford on LiveScience.com.
Scores of sex offenders in Anderson, South Carolina, will be corralled for Halloween tonight in a move authorities say is needed to keep kids safe as they trick or treat.
Locking them up ??? that seems waaaaaay overboard
What about the other days of the year? What's the logic behind this all? The sickos can go out and abduct kids whenever they wish. If they really are sick enough to want to do that sort of stuff, then they'll find a way somehow!
Originally posted by neformore
I despise these Halloween "customs"
I know, I know....its supposed to be harmless fun - but its not.
As a kid growing up, I was always told - and so were my peers - "never take sweets/candy from strangers"
And yet on Halloween, this absoutely stupid "trick or treat" custom flies against all that.
And this is a case in point. Kids go out by themselves and they have NO idea whos door they are knocking on, or what might be in the stuff given to them. None at all.
And there is the other aspect of "feral mobs" that bully and harass people, elder teens demanding money, vandalism to property and cars and just generally being a nuisance to old people and those who wish no part in the "game".