Miami Sex Offenders Form Community in Makeshift Tent Neighborhood

Miami Sex Offenders Form Community in Makeshift Tent Neighborhood

Twenty-eight camping tents sit pitched along both sides of the road in a stretch of Northwest Miami-Dade. In them live scores of registered sex offenders. The encampment is the result of a 2005 county law — much stricter than a similar measure passed by the state ten years earlier — that imposes restrictions on where sexual offenders and predators may live. No one argues that their crimes, which include everything from sexting with minors on dating apps to raping children, are serious. But critics of the camp consider it an outrage that human beings are forced to live in such horrendous conditions — in some cases, for several years.


Twenty-eight camping tents sit pitched along both sides of the road in a stretch of Northwest Miami-Dade. In them live scores of registered sex offenders. The encampment is the result of a 2005 county law — much stricter than a similar measure passed by the state ten years earlier — that imposes restrictions on where sexual offenders and predators may live. No one argues that their crimes, which include everything from sexting with minors on dating apps to raping children, are serious. But critics of the camp consider it an outrage that human beings are forced to live in such horrendous conditions — in some cases, for several years.
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