This paper assesses the recent national and multinational efforts to combat global child sex tourism (CST), focusing particularly on the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. Ultimately, the rise in CST offenses compared to the sparse number of CST convictions strongly suggests the inadequacy of the national and multinational efforts currently in play. However, even a significant increase in convictions by “Sending States” (the focus of most legislation, including the COE Convention) is unlikely to sufficiently diminish CST unless matched by heightened enforcement efforts in “Destination States.” Properly addressing CST requires comprehensive legislation at the national and international level that stimulates multinational cooperation and motivates Destination States to prosecute offenders and foster local initiatives for victim prevention, protection and assistance.
International Legislative Efforts to Combat Child Sex Tourism: Evaluating the Council of Europe Convention on Commercial Child Sexual Exploitation,
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