Recently, the FBI caught a serial child predator who taught in overseas schools for years. When his employer caught the suspect after seeing the pornographic images on his thumb drive, he committed suicide. The investigation process didn’t stop, and the victims were asked to provide information so other suspects could also be seized.
What is child sex tourism?
Child sex tourism includes people traveling to countries just for the sake of engaging in sexual intercourse and abuse with children.
The effects of this act lead to severe psychological and catastrophic side effects on victims. The reason for increased actions of child sex tourism includes ease in travels and the internet that has made it more comfortable for people to share information about child victims and locations.
FBI’s fight against such acts:
Around a million children become a victim of this sex trade. However, this estimation does not include the untold acts of non-commercial sexual abuse, as mentioned by The U.S. State Department.
With the FBI and international law enforcement’s help, these commercial or non-commercial acts are being looked after. Permanent residents and U.S citizens are investigated when traveling overseas to check whether they engage in such illegal sexual acts. The child victims are provided support services with the help of the Child Sex Tourism Initiative, non-governmental organizations, and foreign law enforcement since 2008.
To address and focus on these issues, the FBI provides foreign law enforcement and non-governmental organizations with training to ensure international cooperation while investigating such crimes.
The American accusers are found to travel to less developed countries like South America and South East Asia for such illegal sexual acts. Still, the location of crime doesn’t matter as the U.S laws are applied to every citizen.
So no matter where the offender hides or how long it takes, they will be caught with our agency’s help.
And the victims are supported by the FBI’s unconditional help and just punishments to give offenders.