Thursday, November 04, 2004

Study Finds Sex Criminals Reoffend 90 % of Time

About 90 per cent of pedophiles and other sex offenders reoffend after being caught and released, according to a new study that finds that Canadian officials "grossly underestimate" the risk they pose.

An article in the October issue of the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice asserts that academics, judges and correctional officials frequently lowball the danger posed by sex offenders because poor and incomplete data hide the fact that convicted criminals are a much greater threat than most experts realize.

"Sex offenders' actual cost to society and the danger they present appear to be grossly underestimated," the new study finds. It asserts that jail terms averaging only three to four years failed entirely to rehabilitate the vast majority of 351 offenders, whose lives were studied over 30 years.

Source: Globe and Mail.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Southeast Asian Agreement on Human Trafficking

China, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Burma have signed the first international agreement in the world aimed at wiping-out the trade in human beings. According to the UN, about 800,000 people are trafficked across the world each year, drawn into exploitation and abuse by the promise of a better life.
Source: Radio Australia.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Brazil-Germany Human Trafficking Bust

BRASILIA, Brazil - Police have broken up a German-based sex trafficking ring which offered European tourists sex with teenagers in Brazil's poor northeast and shipped women to Europe for prostitution.

Police found pornographic photos of girls as young as four provided by mothers who worked for the ring. Police are trying to establish whether children were offered for prostitution.

U.N. special envoy to Brazil, Leandro Despouy, said on Monday that Brazil's justice system often failed to investigate allegations of sexual abuse of children and teenagers in the country's north and northeast, where sex tourism is rife.

As many as 500,000 Brazilian children could be victims of child prostitution in the nation of 180 million, according to the United Nations. Brazil this month launched a campaign to warn women of the dangers of being trafficked abroad for sexual exploitation in a trade the U.N. estimates to be worth $9 billion a year.

Source: Reuters.