Based on a one-year in-depth study, a researcher estimates there are about 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the United States who have had an average of four victims each.
Deborah Schurman-Kauflin of the Violent Crimes Institute in Atlanta analyzed 1,500 cases from January 1999 through April 2006 that included serial rapes, serial murders, sexual homicides and child molestation committed by illegal immigrants.
She found that while the offenders were located in 36 states, most were in states with the highest numbers of illegal immigrants. California had the most offenders, followed by Texas, Arizona, New Jersey, New York and Florida.
Schurman-Kauflin concluded that, based on a figure of 12 million illegal immigrants and the fact that more of this population is male than average, sex offenders among illegals make up a higher percentage than offenders in the general population.
She arrives at the figure of 240,000 offendersa conservative estimate, she saysthrough public records showing about 2 percent of illegals apprehended are sex offenders.
This translates to 93 sex offenders and 12 serial sexual offenders coming across U.S. borders illegally per day, she says.
She points out the 1,500 offenders in her study had a total of 5,999 victims, and each sex offender averaged four victims.
This places the estimate for victimization numbers around 960,000 for the 88 months examined in this study, she declares.
Schurman-Kauflin breaks down the 1,500 cases reviewed this way:
- 525, or 35 percent, were child molestations
- 358, or 24 percent, were rapes
- 617, or 41 percent, were sexual homicides and serial murders
Nearly 63 percent of the offenders had been deported on another offense prior to the sex crime, the study showed. There was an average of three years of committing crimes such as DUI, assault or drug related offenses prior to being apprehended for a sexual offense.