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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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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
"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.
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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.
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
" 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
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
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
"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)
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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
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
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
"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
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.
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
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
"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".
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.
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