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Read: ECPAT report indicates growth of child-sex tourism "The new laws will prohibit registered child-sex offenders from leaving Australia or holding Australian passports," said Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, adding that she would cancel the passports of some 20,000 pedophiles on the national child-sex offender register.She noted that almost 800 such offenders had traveled overseas from Australia last year, with many of them failing to notify police of their travel intentions despite having high risks of reoffending.Read: Philippines struggling to tackle child prostitution 'Leading the world' Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the new laws were unprecedented in the world."No country has ever taken such decisive and strong action to stop its citizens from going overseas, often to vulnerable countries, to abuse kids. Senator Derryn Hinch, a longtime campaigner for the measures who was involved in drafting the legislation, said pedophiles traveling for legitimate business and family reasons, and those living overseas who need to return to Australia as their visas expire, could be provided with temporary passports.Mohammed Khalaf Al Ali Alhamadi, 35, and his brother Yousef, 27, tricked 78 children aged 12 to 16 in the UK to give them their online passwords before threatening them into carrying out inappropriate sex acts via a webcam.Mr Davies said paedophiles were increasingly using the internet to abuse children online from overseas.“These sites can be a positive force in young people’s lives but we need to ensure that children and young people are as safe as possible on them.“It’s important they know never to send a photo or personal details to a stranger and that they should report any attempts from people to gain details from them.” Facebook also has a team of investigators who work with CEOP and can track attempts by adults to groom youngsters on the site so offenders can be quickly identified.
“But through hacking into their social networking sites, and effectively blackmailing them, they had actually induced them to carry out acts on webcam and in doing so caused some people physical and immense psychological harm.” From their base in Kuwait, the Alhamadi brothers targeted a total of 110 children in the UK, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Jersey, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden and the USA, CEOP said.
But he defended the move against critics who claim the new laws infringe on civil rights, saying that "when you rape a child, you lose some of your civil rights, from my point of view." As a radio broadcaster, Hinch was twice jailed for naming pedophiles in contravention of court orders. Australia has already introduced other legislation in a bid to stem child-sex tourism, punishing its citizens or residents who molest children overseas with up to 25 years in prison.
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“There are numerous, numerous networks of paedophiles around the world online and so there’s a demand for this kind of service.
“This is another example of how the internet is, for all its many, many benefits which we’re always keen to point out, is allowing types of child abuse to take place that would never have taken place before.” He urged parents to ensure their children were internet savvy.
“I meet a lot of parents who would be quite at ease talking to their kids about anything else, any other kind of behaviour that might induce risk to them or might be part of growing up but have a complete blindspot when it comes to talking about their internet activity.” Children “knowing more” than adults about technology is “often one of the mental barriers for parents”, he added.