Miracle Village in Florida holds a dark secret Image: Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email At first glance Miracle Village looks like a rural holiday camp far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. But inside each of these homes surrounding by plush green fields each resident is forced to live away from normal society. The community outside of Pahokee, Florida, serves as a home for registered sex offenders. Most have been convicted of sexual offences against children.
And in Florida they are punished for their offences forever. BBC The village for sex offenders is cut off from the outside world Image: BBC It is home to sex offenders who are not allowed to live near children Image: BBC Many of the inhabitants have been convicted for sex offences against children Image: BBC After offenders have served their time in prison they face restrictions for life.
This includes police chiefs having the power to notify the public about where they live. Sheriff Gordon Smith explains one example: In Bradford County where he works another extreme measure to alert people includes 5ft red painted signs warning of "convicted Sexual Predator" outside criminals homes featuring the names of the perpetrators. The laws result in many sex offenders living in entire communities. The village was created by a Christian ministry Image: BBC They name and shame sex offenders Image: One resident of Miracle Village is Chris Dawson, who has lived for four years in the community, after being convicted of sex with a child - his 14 year old girlfriend - when he was They had been together to three months.
His girlfriend Lexi, 25, said: Chris lives in Miracle Village Image: BBC "Things like marriage, living and kids are affected by the label of sex offender. One of those is Lewis who is 33 years old was convicted age 18 of attempting to have sex with a nine year old.
BBC Unsurprisingly he believes unlike most of his countrymen that sex attackers deserve a second chance. On the other side is Florida senator Lauren Book who runs a charity to prevent sexual abuse with her father Ron, a lawyer. In America dozens of laws have been created and names following high profile sexual crime and the Books alone have campaigned for 20 pieces of sex offender legislation.
Lauren was abused between ages of 10 and 16 every single day by her live-in nanny. Read More "I was urinated and defecated on and I thought that person loved me. Ron and Lauren don't believe in second chances Image: BBC "We take away their civil liberties and that is not something which should be taken lightly but if you commit a crime against a child because it is something that turns you on then you should not get a second chance.
Brandon, who was abused himself as a child, was jailed for downloading and viewing child pornography. He has had hundreds of job applications refused and because of the law he is banned from spending time with his two year old niece who was born while he was in prison. Stacey is a star documentary presenter Image: One man Brett was jailed after trying to meet a 15 year old boy for sex but the boy turned out to be a undercover police officer, he has been homeless for three years since leaving jail.
Some people do have homes in the city but because of the law cannot stay there between 10pm and 6am. But then bizarrely they can then return home to their families and kids. Another man in the camp is on lifetime probation meaning he does not get off probation until 24 hours after he dies. He was caught with child pornography and sending it across the state border.
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