In an attempt to put an end to this trade, should law enforcement in countries where this trade flourishes concentrate its efforts on the child-sex tourists or those who run the child-sex tourism industry?
Child sex is one of the most disturbing and brutal sex crimes that can be done against children. It not only damages children physically, but also has a lasting emotional and psychological impact on children’s lives. Unfortunately, even though child sex is such a gritty and unethical crime, very few perpetrators i.e. child sex tourists are ever arrested, tried and sentenced. Child sex tourists usually travel from riches countries to less developed countries to have sex with children. However, they may also travel internally from a more developed city to small towns in order to accomplish their inhumane objectives. This is one of the primary reasons as to why these perpetrators are rarely arrested and tried for their act. (Offender Beware, 2009)
As an answer to the question of this paper, the law enforcement authorities of a particular country plagued by child sex should focus their efforts on stopping the child-sex tourism industry from growing. The reason for this is pretty simple. If there is no child sex industry, there is no place for the child sex tourists to go to in order to fulfill their desires. However, law enforcement authorities alone cannot solve this. What is required is a combined effort from Police, Public Prosecution Service, the government, Interpol, special investigating services, the tourism industry, NGO’s, Youth Care, Council for Child Protection and other stakeholders who must work together on prevention, identification, care, investigation and prosecution. They should pool in their combined resources and efforts in order to root out the organized groups responsible for running of this gritty industry. Once the child-sex industry is eliminated from a particular country, only then can the child-sex tourists be discouraged to visit looking for victims. Then thus, it is only then that children can get the protection they are entitled to. (Young Person’s Guide, 2008)