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Argentina approves rapist registry

July 4, 2013

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s Congress has approved a law creating a national registry with the DNA of rapists.

The lower house passed the law with 211 votes in favor and one against Wednesday. It had already been approved by the Senate.

The registry will store the DNA of convicted rapists and sex abusers collected at the crime scene as well from victims when criminals have not been caught.

Access to the database is restricted to prosecutors and judges and will be stored for 100 years from the opening of a case.

It’s based on Megan’s Law, which requires law enforcement agencies to notify the public about convicted sex offenders living in their communities.

Megan’s Law is named after 7-year-old Megan Kanka who was murdered in the U.S in 1994 by a sex offender.

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