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Sex offenders

In recent years we have seen an increase in the numbers of travelling sex offenders, that is, individuals who travel to foreign countries in order to abuse the children there.

The relative wealth of the offender coupled with lack of understanding or absence of legislation, means that the abuse of children is easier in these countries. However, the effects both long and short term are no less grave. 

This type of crime is often facilitated by organized criminal networks. Clear links have been made between so-called "sex tourism" and other serious crimes such as child trafficking and murder.

What INTERPOL is doing

INTERPOL's main tool for dealing with travelling sex offenders is the Green Notice. 

A Green Notice is issued to provide warnings and criminal intelligence about persons who have committed criminal offences and are likely to repeat these crimes in other countries. It is an effective way to share key police intelligence on a global scale and to prevent offenders from crossing borders.

As well as working to prevent these crimes from taking place in the first place, we coordinate joint operations between multiple countries to track down offenders. Support to these operations includes training, briefings, the sharing of data, intelligence analysis and technical advice.

Additionally, we assist with the identification of victims, particularly through the use of the International Child Sexual Exploitation image database

The INTERPOL Specialists Group on Crimes Against Children has a full sub-group dealing with this issue.  This brings together experts, drawn from all parts of the world, to share best practice and information on the many facets of the problem, such as the apprehension of sex offenders, their treatment and management within the community.

This type of crime is much more than a law enforcement issue, which is why we work closely with other agencies and NGOs in this area. In terms of geographical focus, the INTERPOL liaison office in Bangkok is particularly active in this area, given the high numbers of sex offenders who travel to Asia.

Results

Results

By 1 January 2018, the ICSE database had helped identify close to 12,000 victims and more than 5,600 offenders around the world.

Infographics

INTERPOL's International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) database

8 steps to identifying victims of child sexual abuse

Research paper

Research paper

Child abuse material and the Internet: Cyberpsychology of online child related sex offending
by Aiken, M., Moran, M., & Berry, M. J. (2011)

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