One in ten know sex tourists who prey on children
17 January 2007, MADRID — Ten percent of Spaniards know someone who has travelled to another country for sex with children, according to a report released on Wednesday.
17 January 2007
MADRID — Ten percent of Spaniards know someone who has travelled to another country for sex with children, according to a report released on Wednesday.
The UNICEF report also found 21 percent of those questioned said they believed the majority of Spaniards who travel to developing nations are looking for sex with minors.
Gabriel González-Bueno, director of child studies with UNICEF in Spain, despite the report's findings, there was no reliable data about the number of Spaniards who travel abroad to have sexually exploit minors.
In 2004, there were 252 cases related to sexual exploitation of minors. Seventy percent of the victims were teenage prostitutes, 47 percent were under 13 years old and victims of child pornography and 135 cases were related to corruption of minors.
In Spanish law, corrupting minors is punishable with jail terms of between one and five years behind bars.
Even if the offence is committed abroad, people can be tried in Spain.
But González-Bueno said the present law is too ambiguous and should be changed. Unicef is currently pressurising the government to change the law to penalise clients more.
Child prostitution affects 1.8 million children in the world, according to research by UNICEF.
It is a worldwide business which is worth USD 12 billion each year – making it the third most profitable illegal business after drug trafficking and arms dealing.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news