America sex online
No fewer than 29 states required registration for teenagers who had consensual sex with another teenager. Because so many offences require registration, the number of registered sex offenders in America has exploded.
A very small number “just over 100” are classified as “predators”, which means they have a compulsion to commit sex offences.
Many people assume that anyone listed on a sex-offender registry must be a rapist or a child molester. A report by Sarah Tofte of Human Rights Watch, a pressure group, found that at least five states required men to register if they were caught visiting prostitutes.
At least 13 required it for urinating in public (in two of which, only if a child was present).
The Romeo and Juliet clause was not retroactive, however, so Ms Whitaker is stuck on the register, and subject to extraordinary restrictions.
Registered sex offenders in Georgia are barred from living within 1,000 feet of anywhere children may congregate, such as a school, a park, a library, or a swimming pool.
If they were all crammed into a single state, it would be more populous than Wyoming, Vermont or North Dakota.