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The Progression of International Law in Fostering the Extraterritorial Prosecution of Child Sex Tourist Offences

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Transborder child sex tourism has proliferated in recent years as ever greater numbers gain access to international travel and as ever more countries develop a tourism infrastructure. The physical and emotional trauma that the child victim is subjected to underlines the strong human security interest in counteracting child sex tourism at the domestic and international levels. This chapter inquires how far international law has progressed in protecting children against sexual exploitation by obliging states to exercise criminal jurisdiction over child sex tourism offences committed beyond their own borders. In pursuit of its Charter mandate to promote international cooperation in human rights, the United Nations has generated a host of multilateral instruments, not least in the field of children's rights. Typically, human rights treaties contain a 'general clause' obliging state parties to protect the rights in question within the state's own jurisdiction.

Keywords: criminal jurisdiction; emotional trauma; human rights treaties; international law; transborder child sex tourism offences; UN Charter



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