Nearly 6,000 people on Portugal’s child sex offenders register

A total of 5,739 names are included in Portugal’s new child sex offenders register, which next week will turn a year old.

Those on the list face seeing their name there for the next 20 years, the Ministry of Justice told Lusa news agency.

In August, the register was slammed by Marco Paulino, a forensic psychologist who told Jornal de Notícias that it “hasn’t really helped anyone on the field” and may even lead police and parents to let their guard down regarding a potential child abuser if their name is not on the list.