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Australian paedophile stopped from travelling under tough new law

AUSTRALIA: A registered child sex offender was stopped at an Australian airport today (Dec 13), within hours of new laws designed to prevent convicted paedophiles from travelling overseas coming into effect.

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Wednesday 13 December 2017, 05:35PM


Some 800 registered child sex offenders travelled overseas from Australia last year, often to developing countries in Asia. In one high-profile case last year, Australian Robert Ellis was convicted of sexually abusing 11 Indonesian girls in Bali. Photo: AFP
Some 800 registered child sex offenders travelled overseas from Australia last year, often to developing countries in Asia. In one high-profile case last year, Australian Robert Ellis was convicted of sexually abusing 11 Indonesian girls in Bali. Photo: AFP

It is now an offence for registered child sex offenders – those convicted of the most serious forms of abuse in Australia – to leave the country without approval from law enforcement agencies.

They also face having their passports cancelled at the request of Australian authorities.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said a man was being questioned by Australian federal police after being stopped at Sydney airport under the new laws.

“I can report that today a registered child sex offender was stopped here at the SmartGates and has been prevented from travelling overseas,” she said, referring to automated passport control systems, adding that the man’s name was on a government watch list.

The new laws follow repeated episodes of child exploitation overseas, including a high-profile case last year when Australian Robert Ellis was convicted of sexually abusing 11 Indonesian girls on the resort island of Bali.

“Australia has up to 20,000 registered child sex offenders who have served their sentences but are subject to reporting obligations that help to protect the community,” Bishop had said earlier.

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“For too long, these predators have travelled overseas undetected, including to countries where weaker laws mean they have opportunities to commit heinous crimes.”

Last year alone, 800 registered child sex offenders travelled overseas, often to developing countries in Asia, and about 40% did so without notifying police.

“This will now stop,” said Bishop.

The crackdown in Australia comes on the heels of concern about the growing role of technology in paedophilia, with the government proposing new offences and tougher penalties targeting live-streamed child abuse and online grooming.

Authorities also plan tougher fines on internet service providers if they do not report abusive material to police.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan has called the crackdown “the toughest on paedophiles in a generation”, making Australia “a world leader in protecting vulnerable children overseas from child sex tourism.”

 

 

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peter rawai | 14 December 2017 - 07:54:34

good on Australia, about time they locked these sicko types up and threw away the key, Asian countries need much heavier penalties as well including the death penalty for repeat offenders, its the only thing that will stop them preying on poor asian children

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BenPendejo | 13 December 2017 - 18:52:32

That is one horrid looking sexual predator...truly a modern day monster.  Hard to think that monsters like that are freely roaming the streets anywhere...especially when they have already been convicted of child molestation and worse.  These disgusting people will forever have the desire to do harm, and therefore should never be given even the most remote opportunity to do so.

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