() Australia plans to introduce what its justice minister has termed "the strongest crackdown on child-sex tourism ever" by banning convicted pedophiles from traveling overseas, the government announced on Tuesday.
The laws, to be introduced soon in parliament, aim to protect vulnerable children particularly in nearby Southeast Asian and Pacific island countries, where several Australian child-sex offenders have been known to travel to continue their pedophile activities.
“They need to make sure their kids are internet savvy themselves,” he said.
“People need to adopt straight-forward, common sense approaches to being slightly suspicious about anybody who’s asking for personal details, and very suspicious about anybody who’s asking them to submit their password.
The site’s privacy settings also ensure users aged 13 to 17 are removed from the public searches and can only post content to friends of friends.
A former USC professor once on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives list pleaded guilty Friday to flying to the Philippines and sexually assaulting underage boys he groomed online. He also would be subject to 10 years supervision upon release and must pay $25,000 in restitution to his seven victims. He was captured in the Mexican coastal town of Playa del Carmen after a resident recognized his photo from a newspaper.
Read: ECPAT report indicates growth of child-sex tourism "The new laws will prohibit registered child-sex offenders from leaving Australia or holding Australian passports," said Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, adding that she would cancel the passports of some 20,000 pedophiles on the national child-sex offender register.
She noted that almost 800 such offenders had traveled overseas from Australia last year, with many of them failing to notify police of their travel intentions despite having high risks of reoffending.
The unit receives 200 to 300 reports of concerns each month from members of the public through the “Click CEOP” button on websites and about 30% of these relate to online grooming, the equivalent of about 20 reports a week, figures showed.
Mr Davies went on: “We’re also seeing an increasing trend of child abuse being committed to order for money.
President Trump sowed confusion prior to the vote, which is expected to pass the Senate before expiring next week.