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ECPAT UK calls for urgent review of travelling child sex offenders

On September 5th 2010, Cambodian police arrested a 50 year old British national 'ML' on charges of child abuse. 'ML' was previously arrested in April 2005, also in Cambodia, on similar crimes of child sexual abuse, but was acquitted due to two of the three victims dropping their complaint. At the time, 'ML' gained access to his victims by posing as a medical doctor in an orphanage and was reported to be working for the UK Government.

On 22nd August 2010, Romanian police arrested a 33 year old British national 'JC' on suspicion of sexually abusing children. Prior to his arrest in Romania, 'JC' was known to the UK police and was arrested in 1995 in connection with offences against children.

Both these cases again highlight the need for an urgent review of sex offender legislation. ECPAT UK is calling on the Home Secretary to undertake such a review immediately. A review is essential to identify the gaps which allow British sex offenders to abuse children overseas, in particular those individuals who are already known to the authorities.

The Home Secretary’s current consultation document ‘Policing in the 21st Century’, published in July 2010, does not make clear how the UK police will manage investigations and cooperate with other police forces regarding international sexual offences against children.

6 September 2010


Christine Beddoe, Director, ECPAT UK
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