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No Hiding Place: Child Sex Tourism and the Role of Extraterritorial Legislation

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No Hiding Place: Child Sex Tourism and the Role of Extraterritorial Legislation
Jeremy Seabrook
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Document type(s)
Child Trafficking, Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, Best Interests Principle, Child Victims of Trafficking, Separated Migrant Children, Unaccompanied minors, Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Child protection systems,
Child sexual abuse is attracting much public concern and attention in many parts of the world. In recent years, it has taken on a novel form involving abusers masquerading as tourists and travelling to countries where children may be particularly vulnerable. Men from Europe, the US, and Japan now visit Third World and Eastern European countries in order to engage in the sexual abuse of young children. This book examines a new departure in international cooperation to suppress this practice whereby a number of countries - including the US, many European nations, Japan and Thailand - have passed legislation making possible the arrest and trial of their citizens for these offences even when carried out beyond their borders. The book is a journalistic report of 15 sex tourism organisation in Western Europe, Japan and Australia. Together with DCI Nederland, the ECPAT Europe "Law Enforcement Group" gives 15 examples of successful prosecutions with regard to child abuse in Asia and Eastern Europe. It also provides an overview of social and legal obstacles standing in the way of the fight against child exploitation. The book reiterates the importance of the developments of regulations, positive examples and new procedures.
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