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Abstract: In April 2010, the Australian Government added and amended child sex tourism offences in the Criminal Code (Cth). These offences employ extraterritorial jurisdiction to criminalise a range of sexual activities with children by Australians, where that activity occurs outside Australia. These offences broaden the scope of activity that is criminalised, as well as making definitional changes that affect the onus of proof. This article explores how effective these offences are likely to be in combating child sex tourism committed by Australians. It also discusses the impact on individual liberties and the potential for injustice that the offences involve.

To cite this article: McNicol, James and Schloenhardt, Andreas. Australia's child sex tourism offences [online]. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Vol. 23, No. 3, Mar 2012: [369]-392. Availability: <;dn=338028973800016;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1034-5329. [cited 27 Jun 17].

Personal Author: McNicol, James; Schloenhardt, Andreas; Source: Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Vol. 23, No. 3, Mar 2012: [369]-392 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1034-5329 Subject: Child sexual abuse--Prevention; Child prostitution--Prevention; Child sexual abuse--Law and legislation; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Associate Professor, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, email:

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection