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Survey Lists Indonesia as Top International Destination for Child Sex Tourism

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Reporting from a forum on “Tourism and the Sexual Exploitation of Children” held in Sanur, Bali on Saturday, September 26, 2015, quoted the country manager-Indonesia for Terre Des Hommes, Sudaryanto, who provided discomforting data and observations on the dark nature of some aspects of Indonesian tourism.

Terre des Hommes International Federation – an alliance of ten organizations supporting children rights and promoting equitable development without racial, religious, political, cultural or gender-based discrimination – announced disquieting results of three years of research carried out from 2012-2014. That survey determined that Indonesia holds the unenviable top ranking internationally as the “favorite destination” for sexual predators seeking to prey on children.

“Research carried out over three years from 2012-2014 saw Indonesia consistently rank at the very top as the tourism destination for the criminal sexual exploitation of children,” Sudaryanto told the forum’s participants.

Following Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia ranked #2 and #3 as the most-favored destinations for child-sex-tourism, according to the Terre des Hommes survey.

Sudaryanto said that in Indonesia the three tourism domestic destinations most visited by pedophiles are Batam, Lombok and Bali. Elaborating, he said: “Generally, they (the pedophiles) seek place where there is weak law enforcement; where the law is weak is where they will visit.”

Sudaryanto categorizes tourists who are sexual predators of children as falling into three categories:

  • First, pure pedophiles afflicted by a sexual perversion that targets children under the age of 12.
  • Second, those with a preference for sex with children based on a personal perception that these young victims are more virginal, cleaner and more likely to be disease free.
  • Third, those who exploit children due to situational or opportunistic motives. These people do not necessarily target children, but if there is an opportunity to exploit kids they will do so. 
Sudaryanto focused on the important role of law enforcement in curbing child-sexual-exploitation, saying: “We must repair our law enforcement. There are many criminal pedophiles who cannot be brought to justice for a variety of reasons.” Among the reasons he cited is passive law enforcement that will only take action if a formal complaint is filed.

“The law must be user-friendly and respect the rights of children,” Sudaryanto concluded.

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