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MEDIA RELEASE

 

Minister for Justice & Customs

Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

Senator for South Australia

 

135/98

Friday December 18 1998

 

Child Sex Tourism

 

Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone welcomed the memorandum of understand ing between the governments of Australia and Fiji signed today by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Alexander Downer.

 

“This memorandum of understanding will further strengthen efforts to combat exploitation of children in the Pacific region,” Senator Vanstone said.

 

“The Australian Federal Police already work closely with the Fiji police in combating child sex tourism by Australians.

 

“This agreement will help to reinforce the commitment by both governments to stamping out such activity.

 

“The targeting of child sex and pornography by Australian Police authorities under the Child Sex Tourism legislation has seen five successful prosecutions over the past two years.”

 

The Australian Federal Police work with the Australian Bureau of Criminal intelligence and State police to identify people who may travel overseas for the purpose of exploiting children.

 

The agreement with Fiji follows a similar one signed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs with the government of the Philippines in October 1997.  Both directly support the Commonwealth Crimes (Child Sex Tourism) Amendment Act 1994, which makes it an offence for Australian citizens or permanent residents to engage in sexual relations with children outside Australia.

 

Media Contact:

Kevin Donnellan 0419 400 078

 

 

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