Bali Is Australian Paedophiles’ Top Destination
Laidback Bali, where law-enforcement is often lax, is the top international destination for Australia’s child-sex predators, new figures show.
A quarter of registered sex offenders in Australia going overseas travel to Bali, according to data from the Australian Federal Police.
During the first two months of 2012, 195 people on the Australian National Child Offender Register travelled overseas, but the AFP said they were powerless to locate them once the offenders left Australia.
There are 14,300 people on the register.
Bali’s geographic proximity to Australia and the proliferation in recent years of low-cost flights to Bali, as well as the island’s exotic allure, has made Australia its largest tourism market.
Singapore was the second-most popular destination after Bali for those on the list who travelled.
Australia enacted legislation in 2010 to prosecute people involved in so-called child-sex tourism, but critics said it does not go far enough and that those on the sex-offenders list should be prevented from going overseas.