The February 10, 2004 edition of The Australian, writes that a Melbourne, Australia based child-advocacy group, Child Wise, has released a report claiming pedophile rings are operating on the Island offering sex tours that prey on under-aged children.
The report, which has been handed over to Australia's Justice Minister Mr. Chris Ellison, the Australian Federal Police, and the Indonesian authorities warned of a "flourishing child sex trade" in Bali with the involvement of Australians, European and American expatriates.
The report was based on various information, including the findings of a researcher sent to Bali last year by Child Wise. As reported by The Australian, pedophiles gain access to Balinese children by visiting remote, economically depressed areas of the Island, sometimes working as volunteers with local welfare organizations.
A former Australian diplomat, William Stuart Brown, was arrested in January in east Bali following complaints that he had sexually molested several local underaged boys. He is currently under arrest awaiting trial on those charges.
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