A t the beginning of this year, the Polish Ministry of Justice unveiled a publicly accessible online registry of sex offenders convicted of abusing children up to 15 years of age.
However, the list contains fewer than 800 out of several thousand known sexual predators in the country – and among those exclusions are 56 priests.
Among the criminals whose names, addresses, and photos are not in the registry:
Polish media usually do not publish the surnames of people under investigation, but keen observers have been able to use known information about their biographies and the court details to search the database for entries matching the convicts, with no results.
The omissions have been publicized by Fundacja Nie L?kajcie Si? (Do Not Be Afraid), a politically unaffiliated anti-pedophilia organization.
“It’s incomprehensible why these people are not on the list,” foundation director Marek Lisi?ski said. “It turns out that the ministry’s assurances of protecting children were empty promises …
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