Monday, May 29, 2017

Passports of convicted paedophiles to be cancelled under new Australian law to crackdown on child-sex tourism

Sydney (AFP) - Convicted paedophiles will have their passports cancelled to prevent them travelling overseas to offend again under tough new laws which Australia Tuesday hailed as a "world first".

Legislation will be introduced to parliament this month making it illegal for registered offenders to leave or attempt to leave the country as part of a crackdown on child-sex tourism.

"The new laws will prohibit registered child sex offenders from leaving Australia or holding Australian passports," Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

"Last year alone, almost 800 registered child sex offenders travelled overseas from Australia." ....