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Child Protection Operations. Commander Chris Sheehan AFP Manager Jakarta Office and Superintendent Gary O’Neill AFP Senior Liaison Officer Bali Office. Child Sex Tourism. Definition The commercial sexual exploitation of children in their homeland or another country by foreign

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Child protection operations

Child Protection Operations

CommanderChris Sheehan

AFP Manager Jakarta Office

and Superintendent Gary O’Neill

AFP Senior Liaison Officer Bali Office


Child sex tourism

Child Sex Tourism

Definition

The commercial sexual exploitation of children

in their homeland or another country by foreign

adults, who typically travel from their own richer

country to a less-developed one to engage in

sexual activity with children.


Australian initiatives

Australian initiatives

  • 1994 Child Sex Tourism illegal

  • Crimes committed overseas punishable in Australia.

  • Broad scope – personally/third party/benefiting from acts

  • Strong penalties max. 12 - 17 years imprisonment

  • Specialist AFP investigation teams

  • Awareness campaign to deter child sex tourism


What do the afp do

What do the AFP do?

  • Intelligence and investigations capacity.

  • Collaboration with overseas law enforcement agencies via extensive AFP International Network.

  • Member of Virtual Global Taskforce.


Afp international network

AFP International Network

34 Posts, 28 countries, 100 police

Facilitates communication and conducts enquiries with overseas agencies

Provides an international intelligence gathering and exchange capacity

Liaison with law enforcement and government agencies in relevant countries

Saturday, 29 November 2014


Global engagement

Global engagement

100 Officers, 34 posts, 28 countries

AMERICAS

Bogotá

Los Angeles

New York (UN)

Washington DC

EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA

Beirut

Belgrade

Dubai

The Hague

London

Lyon (Interpol)

Pretoria

SOUTH PACIFIC

Honiara

Port Moresby

Port Vila

Suva

ASIA

Bali

Bangkok

Beijing

Dhaka

Dili

Guangzhou

Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh City

Hong Kong

Islamabad

Jakarta

Kuala Lumpur

Manila

Phnom Penh

Rangoon

Singapore

Saturday, 29 November 2014


What is the afp s role in combating child sex tourism

What is the AFP’s role in combating child sex tourism?

  • Prevention, detection and prosecution of Australians.

  • Assist international investigations and victim/offender identification.

  • Provide training to overseas law enforcement agencies.


Australian travelling child sex offenders

Australian travelling child sex offenders

  • Australians who travel to other countries to commit sexual offences against children OR commit child sex offences whilst in other countries.

  • Australia is predominantly a ‘source’ country.

  • Access to countries that previously restricted entry.

  • Use of the internet to organise child sex tours.


Legislative overview

Legislative overview

  • Applicable to Australian citizens and residents.

  • Victim must be under the age of 16 years.

  • Higher penalties apply for people and companies who facilitate the crime than those who are directed to it or engage in it.

  • Double jeopardy rules apply if acquittals or convictions are obtained overseas.

  • Legislation has extraterritorial application.


Top 5 destinations

Top 5 Destinations

  • Philippines

  • Thailand

  • Cambodia

  • Indonesia

  • Vietnam


Cst into the future

CST into the Future

  • More networked offenders

  • Continued and more sophisticated use of technology

  • Drift by “sexpatriots” from tourist areas to rural areas

  • Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines to remain high risk destinations

  • Offenders will travel anywhere they believe there is a high probability of sexual contact with children


Strategies to combat cst

Strategies to Combat CST

  • Need to work with local NGOs (eyes and ears) to gather intelligence and develop potential targets

  • Support and collaboration with local law enforcement in CST destination countries.

  • Targeting

  • Investigations


Strategies to combat cst1

Strategies to Combat CST

  • Disruption :

    • Passport cancellations under the Australian Passports Act 2005

  • Education and Awareness

    - Raising awareness on CST issues

    • Building capability

    • Educating the community (international/domestic)


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