Sweden seeks “travel courage” to fight sex tourism

Swedes urged to report suspicious behaviour among fellow nationals

A new website created by Swedish police to cut down on travel abroad for sex with minors has gone live, the news agency AFP reports. Resekurage.se, which means “travel courage”, encourages Swedes travelling to places like Thailand, Cambodia and Sri Lanka to report suspicious behaviour among fellow nationals.

“Every year hundreds of thousands of Swedes travel abroad. During their travels they run the risk of unwillingly seeing children being sexually exploited by foreign and Swedish tourists,” the site says, adding that only one in ten Swedes know how to report such crimes abroad.

The website is part of a campaign to raise awareness that tourists who pay for sex with under-18s in another country face two years in prison when they return to Sweden.

“We urge people to take their (civil) courage with them, rely on their gut feeling to tip off the police if they see something they think involves sexual exploitation of children,” the campaign’s organisers wrote in the newspaper Aftonbladet yesterday.

The UN estimates the number of children involved in sex tourism at about two million.


[pictured: Campaign “Say NO to child sex tourism in the Northeast of Brazil”; courtesy World Responsible Tourism Awards]

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