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Prime minister vows new law will combat child exploitation
Sex offenders will have to notify the authorities whenever they travel outside of Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in Richmond Monday morning.
The new legislation, slated to be introduced this fall, will better protect children against sexual exploitation in Canada and abroad, Harper said.
“Our government is taking strong action to keep our streets and communities safe for families, and above all, for our most vulnerable citizens. We will ensure that Canada’s justice system is on the side of the victims, and take further action to protect our own children, as well as those in other countries, from sex offenders.”
Staff Sgt. Bev Csikos, head of the RCMP’s behavioural sciences team including the integrated child exploitation unit, said Canadians are travelling to Third World countries to have sex with children.
Until there was legislation introduced in the late 1990s to combat sex tourism, there was nothing Canadian authorities could do about it.
“There was no way to charge them. They were out of the country, and they’re not charging them (in those countries),” Csikos said.