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Call for child sex offenders to be banned from travel

Hundreds of child sex offenders are flying abroad to prey on children without fear of prosecution because Australian laws designed to stop them are failing, an investigation by The Sunday Times has revealed.
And Bali - WA's favourite holiday getaway - is now overwhelmingly the No.1 destination for pedophiles, according to new figures.
Australian Federal Police statistics show that one quarter of offenders on the Australian National Child Offender Register who travelled overseas visited Denpasar. That's nearly double the second most visited location, Singapore.
However, the AFP concede that the whereabouts of our holidaying paedophiles once they step off the plane are not being properly tracked.
Only one offender has been charged since highly touted law reforms were introduced in 2010 that were meant to clamp down on child sex tourism. This has prompted a call for convicted pedophiles to be banned from travelling overseas.
Bernadette McMenamin, the chief executive of Australia's leading international child protection charity Child Wise, said sex offenders should not be allowed to travel if the Government could not guarantee that they would be monitored.
"If we can't track them, then they are too much of a danger to be allowed overseas," she said.
"We can't just leave it up to local authorities, like the Indonesian police, because they're not specialised in dealing with sexual offenders. Someone can enter Denpasar and disappear into the wilderness.
"You can have all the laws in the world but they won't work if people are too afraid to go to the police because of bribery or being ashamed."
In April 2010, the Government trumpeted stronger child sex tourism laws that would allow offenders caught overseas to be prosecuted under Australian law.
However, the University of Queensland's School of Political Science and International Studies lecturer Melissa Curley said legal issues, such as the difficulty of obtaining reliable evidence from overseas authorities or collecting witness testimonies, made bringing a case in the Australian courts "very challenging".
A spokeswoman for Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said the Government was prepared to consider what could be done to improve the laws or further work that could be done with other governments.

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www.perthnow.com.au (9-6-2012)

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Australian paedophiles prey on vulnerable Asian kids


Convicted paedophiles are leaving Australia to prey on children where there is a low risk of being caught, such as the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Federal Police warned foreign authorities that 200 of the 1194 paedophiles who travelled overseas last year might reoffend.
"These are convicted offenders with prior histories of travelling to these countries and a proportion of them are recidivist offenders," said Det-Supt Todd Hunter, the AFP's national co-ordinator of child protection operations.
The AFP did not have the power to stop Australian paedophiles travelling but issued alerts after studying their travel itineraries, reasons for travelling and the nature of their past offending.
Sex crimes against children were not even reported in some of the favourite destinations of paedophiles, who considered them "low-risk" countries to visit.
"There are quite a number of people on the registry who travel overseas and keeping tabs on them is a very difficult task," Supt Hunter said.
In the past 12 months, 1194 of the 14,000 offenders on the Australian National Child Offender Registry travelled overseas but, because most were not considered at risk of reoffending, no warnings were issued in 83 per cent of cases.
Supt Hunter said that since 2005, AFP operations in conjunction with overseas authorities had resulted in 30 arrests by Australian police, relating to 68 charges involving crimes committed overseas.
Many more Australians had been arrested overseas in this time, but the AFP did not have any statistics.
AFP figures show countries that deal effectively and harshly with sex offenders, such as the US, Vietnam, China and India, are not among paedophiles' preferred destinations.

Herald Sun (14-3-2012)
Miles Kemp From

Sex fiends free to roam the world

Hundreds of Australian paedophiles, identified as likely to reoffend, are being allowed to travel to countries they consider easy targets.
These include the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Australian Federal Police have revealed the most dangerous of the 1194 paedophiles who travelled last year triggered warnings to authorities in some high-risk destinations that there was a threat they would reoffend while visiting.
Child Protection Operations national co-ordinator Detective Superintendent Todd Hunter said the warnings were not issued as "a matter of course".
"These are convicted offenders with histories of travelling to these countries - and a proportion of them are recidivist offenders," he said.
Supt Hunter said although the AFP worked to halt child-sex tourism, it did not have the power to stop paedophiles from travelling.
He said sex crimes against children were not even reported in some of the favourite destinations of Australian paedophiles, who considered they were "low-risk" countries to visit.
He said an official AFP warning was issued to authorities overseas in 17 per cent of cases, for about 200 paedophiles. Alerts were given after police studied their travel itineraries, reasons for travelling and the nature of their past offending.
"There are quite a number of people on the registry who travel overseas. Keeping tabs on them is a very difficult task," Supt Hunter said.
In the past year, 1194 of the 14,000 offenders on the Australian National Child Offender Registry went abroad.
As most were not considered a risk of reoffending, no warnings were issued in 83 per cent of cases.
Supt Hunter said that since 2005, AFP operations with overseas authorities had resulted in 30 arrests, relating to 68 charges involving crimes committed overseas.
"Potentially it is far bigger, these are just AFP arrests," he said.
Supt Hunter said many more Australians had been arrested by overseas authorities during this time, but the AFP did not have any statistics on these.

www.adelaidenow.com.au (14-3-2012)
Miles Kemp

Registered pedophiles, sex offenders taking overseas trips

WA pedophiles named on the national child offenders register are taking overseas sex trips and moving into new neighbourhoods without notifying police.
Thirty-two West Australians on the register have been busted this year for breaching reporting requirements, up from 26 last year and seven in 2005.
And The Sunday Times can reveal that just one of the 1300 West Australians on the register has been placed on it for life, with others on it for 15, eight or four years.
The national register opened in 2005. There were 436 West Australians on it on June 30, 2005, and 726 on June 30 last year.
Australian National Child Offenders Register state co-ordinator Martyn Clancy-Lowe said a dedicated operational group of detectives had been formed in WA to target pedophiles who tried to dissolve into the community and evade their reporting requirements.
Police warned those who had forgotten or had made honest mistakes.
"(Those charged) are what we'd class as serious ones,'' Mr Clancy-Lowe said. ``From our perspective, they're deliberate breaches. They're flaunting their requirements.
"Some think well they've done their time (in jail), now they come out and start again. They just don't update their personal details.''
Police and Mr Clancy-Lowe said they would like the power to stop some pedophiles from living near schools, parks and playgrounds.
"In certain circumstances, say for people who are higher risk or where their offending was of that type where they targeted schools or playgrounds, we should have the power to review where they live before they live there,'' Mr Clancy-Lowe said.
"You don't really want to place someone next to a park or an access way to a park. And I think that's what the public would like.''
He said some West Australians on the register travelled alone to South- East Asian countries which are renowned for sex tourism. He suspected some "get up to no good'' with children.
Anyone convicted of sexual or other serious offences against children must give police their address, employment details, car registration and details of places they frequent.
Pedophiles must also hand over information about clubs they belong to and details of their travel plans.
The information is collated and placed on the Federal Government's CrimTrac database, which can be accessed by special police units around the country.
Notorious offender Otto Seamus Darcy-Searle is one of the pedophiles free in WA.
After serving an 11-year jail term for 104 sex offences against boys, he is subject to a 12-month supervision order and has been put on the register. He must notify police of his address, employment, leisure activities, travel plans and social contacts.

The Sunday Times (21-9-2007)
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Seize paedophiles' passports: advocate

A national child welfare group wants the Federal Government to confiscate the passports of convicted paedophiles to prevent them from travelling overseas.
The Government has confirmed a number of child-sex offenders attempted to visit Indonesia and Thailand to prey on children affected by the Asian tsunami.
They were on the national child-sex offender register and had to inform police they were planning to travel overseas.
It is understood the information was forwarded to Asian authorities who refused to allow the paedophiles into Thailand and Indonesia.
The national director of Child Wise, Bernadette McMenamin, says the register is reliant on other countries turning Australian paedophiles away.
She says the Federal Government should immediately cancel the passports of paedophiles on the register.
"There are some child-sex offenders that are too high-risk to be let out of the country," Ms McMenamin said.
"It's an absolutely radical move but it's like no other crime," she added. "The recidivism rate is extremely high and many of these individuals have 30, 40 or 50 years of offending against children."
Yesterday, the Minister for Justice and Customs, Chris Ellison, said the Government and Australian Federal Police were working closely with Asian authorities to stop paedophiles from travelling to the region.
"It is of concern to me that paedophiles might use the current environment in Indonesia and Thailand, in fact the region, to prey upon children," Senator Ellison said.
"Australia must do everything possible to stop what is an abominable activity.
"We certainly are concerned in relation to the vulnerable status of some areas of the region that paedophiles might want to exploit the situation."


New Register Stops Paedophiles Travel

Up to 20 paedophiles from Australia who tried to travel to tsunami-ravaged countries were stopped under the rules of the new child sex offender register, it was reported.
The convicted offenders, whose names are on the recently set up national register, had to tell police of their plans to travel.
The Australian newspaper reported that their travel details were sent by police to Indonesian and Thai authorities who refused them entry.
Child Wise director Bernadette McMenamin told AAP authorities had known that paedophiles would be targeting children in countries that had been hit by the tsunami.
She said it was well known that when countries experienced natural disasters or military crises paedophiles exploited the instability.
"Post-tsunami we expected that a lot of Australian child sex offenders would target these countries," she said.
Ms McMenamin said she was happy the new child sex offender register had worked but said more could be done to stop Australian paedophiles from abusing children overseas.
She called for the government to prevent "professional" recidivist paedophiles from travelling overseas at all.
"We do think that some offenders are too high risk and they shouldn't be allowed to travel overseas," she said.
"I have checked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and they said they do have the power to remove passports from people who they believe will harm others overseas."
Child sex offender registers have been set up in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory and are being prepared in the other states and territories.
The state registers are linked to the national register, and police believe there will be 15,000 paedophiles listed by the end of the year.

AAP (16-4-2005)

Human Sharks begin To Prey On The Children

Fears are growing for children orphaned in the tsunami disaster after a senior UN official warned of credible reports that criminal gangs in Indonesia are offering them for adoption or exploitation.
Carol Bellamy, executive director of Unicef, said organised syndicates were exploiting the crisis in Aceh province. They have been using sophisticated technology such as SMS messages to people throughout this region offering children for adoption," she said, citing reports from Unicefs partner agencies in Indonesia.
" Whether it is [for] adoption or exploitation purposes or sex trafficking, these are criminal elements so it is very important not to let them get a foothold."
Sri Lanka is already compiling a register of orphaned children to forestall attempted trafficking.
And Indonesian authorities are investigating rumours of child trafficking to Java and abroad but say there is as yet no evidence to substantiate the reports.
Commander General Suyitno Landung said officers were paying particular attention to Medan, a city south of Aceh. They've been tasked to check refugee camps as to whether children there were evacuated with their families or with other people," he said. "Tbe data will be compiled and cross-checked."
On Monday the Indonesian Government banned Acehnese under-16s from leaving the country.
The Medan-based Aceh Sepakat Foundation has found evidence that 20 Acehnese children have been smuggled out of the province since the disaster, according to Jakarta Post newspaper.
It has quoted an Aceh Sepakat manager, Mazria, as saying the children were allegedly whisked to Malaysia and the city of Bandung in West Java by an unnamed organisation in Medan.
The newspaper also reported that an unnamed foundation was offering Acehnese children for fostering via cellphone text message.
Indonesian social affairs ministry data shows that about 35,000 Acehnese children lost one or both of their parents in the disaster.
In Sri Lanka, Unicef said there were no confirmed cases of abduction but it was working with the Government to register every child in the country's makeshift refugee camps.
"The aim is to identify and register all children, separate those who are unaccompanied from the rest of the camp population, and arrange for fostering, preferably by a member of the extended family, or otherwise by a reputable foster carer," Ted Chaiban, Unicefs representative in Sri Lanka, said.
Save the Children spokeswoman Laura Conrad said there had been a few "fairly unsubstantiated reports" of adults in eastern Sri Lanka making false claims to be children's parents. "The vast majority of children are being extremely well cared for by relatives," she added.

The Herald (8-1-2005)
John Aglionby/ Johnathon Steele/ Brian Whitaker.

Paedophiles On The Prowl

A boy whose mother died in the tsunami is feared to have been kidnapped from a Thai hospital by a pedophile.
Kristian Walker, 12, from Stockholm, was said to have been led away by a dark-haired stranger.
Swedish police sent seven officers to Thailand to investigate.
The boy's father, Dan Walker said he was gravely concerned for his son.
He said that Kristian and two of his other children went on holiday to the Thai resort of Khao Lak with his mother - Mr Walker's ex-wife - and her boyfriend.
When the tsunami struck their hotel, Mr Walker's ex-wife was thought to have died along with her boyfriend and Kristian. The other two children survived.
Mr Walker flew to Thailand to pick up the two and returned to Sweden with them, only to learn Kristian had been taken to a hospital near Khao Lak by a middle-aged, moustached European on the day of the tsunami.
"Kristian was treated and released, but he was brought back the following day by the same man to have his wounds treated. Then, once again they left, hand in hand, and haven't been seen since," he said.
Mr Walker said his father, an American citizen, was in Thailand looking for the youngster.
Dr Kampongsree Somprutthana confirmed Kristian was treated at the hospital.
"Kristian was here in the hospital," he said. "He was taken away by a man."
The man he left with was described as "European-looking, with a moustache and a red shirt".
A child protection group has warned that pedophiles could be taking advantage of the chaos to prey on youngsters.
Karren Flanagan, Australian spokeswoman for anti-child sex tourism group Child Wise, said, "It was possible pedophiles could snatch children orphaned by the disaster or kids wandering alone after being cut off from relatives.
"In times of natural disasters or war children become even more vulnerable," Ms Flanagan said.
"It doesn't surprise us at all that these things are starting to happen."
Indonesian authorities have launched an investigation into reports of trafficking of children orphaned by the quake.
There have also been claims of sexual abuse of children in Sri Lanka.

Herald Sun (5-1-2005)

Child Victims Become Targets For Abuse

Criminals and opportunists are taking advantage of the disaster in some areas, relief workers warn.
A UNICEF official in India said a man, who claimed to be an uncle of an orphaned boy, turned out to be a fraudster after the child refused to go with him.
"Obviously, these orphans are precious to their relatives and even others not related, for the money relief offered by the government, founder of a Madras- based charity, S. Vidyaakar said.
Carol Bellamy, executive director of the UN Children's Fund, said in Colombo that "in tumult tike this, when families are broken apart, when incomes are lost, when dignity and hope are in short supply, children are more vulnerable to abuses".
In Sri Lanka reports have emerged some survivors driven from their homes may have been molested or even gang raped at refugee shelters. "We have received reports of incidents of rape, gang rape, molestation and physical abuse of women and girls in the course of unsupervised rescue operations and while resident in temporary shelters," the rights group, Women and Media Collective, said.
It provided no details.
Also in Sri Lanka, reports said bodies of victims had been stolen from hospitals and sold to distraught , relatives while fingers and ears of corpses had been chopped off to steal jewellery.
In Thailand, it was feared a 12-year-old Swedish boy injured in the chaos may have been kidnapped after a hospital worker reported seeing him alive.
Although not officially confirmed, Swedish and Thai police are co- operating to find the boy, Kristian Walker.

Adelaide Advertiser (5-1-2005)

Call for paedophiles' passports to be taken

Child welfare groups will press the Federal Government to consider confiscating the passports of convicted paedophiles to stop Australian involvement in the booming child sex tourism trade.
Bernadette McMenamin, the director of End Child Prostitution and Trade, will ask the government to examine a British proposal that could see travel documents confiscated from sex offenders.
"We need to introduce a risk-assessment program to examine ways of stopping known paedophiles from travelling overseas," said Ms McMenamin, who meets Justice Minister Chris Ellison next month.
"Confiscating the passports of the most serious offenders seems a reasonable way of doing that."
The British proposal, presented by Home Secretary David Blunkett, could force up to 18,000 paedophiles and sex offenders to hand in their passports. It is part of a wider crackdown on paedophiles in Britain, including the establishment of a sex offenders' register.
Confiscating sex offenders' passports in Britain would be based on a similar program that stopped British soccer hooligans from travelling overseas. In the lead-up to this year's World Cup in Japan, nearly 1000 known hooligans were forced to surrender travel documents.
Ms McMenamin said the radical proposal was necessary because of a sharp increase in child sex tourism, despite legislation introduced in 1994 making sex offences committed overseas a crime under Australian law.
"It used to be mostly Thailand where these men went, but they are now targeting a far broader range of countries," she said. "Many of these men can't be rehabilitated and spend their lives devising ways to elude authorities."
While confiscating passports would not stop sex tourism, Ms McMenamin said it would curtail the activities of recidivist offenders.
"We know of one man in Brisbane who managed to get a job working with children on an international cruise liner despite having a long history of sex offences. If his passport was confiscated, then he would not have been able to reoffend," she said.
Since laws were introduced in 1994 making child sex tourism illegal, Ms McMenamin said 16 Australians had been prosecuted for sex crimes committed overseas.
"The problem is that we estimated there are thousands of men travelling overseas every year to engage in sex tourism. Some of these men are known paedophiles with serious criminal histories," she said.
"It is unreasonable to expect authorities to be able to track these men through every village in South-East Asia so a confiscation of passports would be one way of discouraging them."
In recent years, Cambodia, Vietnam, East Timor and the Philippines have become popular haunts for Australians travelling overseas to have sex with children. "Wherever there is chaos, these men seem to move in," Ms McMenamin said. "Confiscated passports won't solve the problem, but it certainly wouldn't hurt."
A spokeswoman for Senator Ellison said the Federal Government was "committed to protecting children from exploitation and abuse and has led international efforts to combat sexual offences against children".

www.theage.com.au (30-11-2002)
Padraic Murphy

Paedophiles on notice

Australia is to step up its attack on paedophiles travelling overseas through a $550,000 operation to send extra Federal Police agents and resources to Cambodia.
Federal Police confirmed a recent increase in the child sex tourism trade in South-East Asia and said they had elevated the problem to the same top priorities as drug trafficking and people smuggling.
It comes after two Australians were charged with having sex with under-aged girls in Cambodia. Australian embassy officials will visit the men today.
The Age reported last month that hundreds of Australian men were visiting Cambodia to have sex with children and revealed that $26 could buy sex with sisters aged 10 and 12.
Richard Moses, the director of Federal Police international operations, said overseas agents were "on high alert" in Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.
"This is a warning to those Australians travelling overseas to engage in child sex tourism to look out," he said. "We will pursue all avenues in our efforts to disrupt your activities and have you prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
Two police agents will join an agent, who has been based in Phnom Penh since January, to work with the Cambodian police to catch paedophiles. One agent will be a full-time adviser to a special team of Cambodian police. Australia will provide training and surveillance and interviewing equipment.

www.theage.com.au (8-8-2002)
Phillip Hudson

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