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Bangkok is popular with Swedish tourists

New initiative to combat sex tourism

In an attempt to combat child sex tourism, Swedish police have opened an email address for tourists in Thailand to report incidents of underage sex abuse.

The email initiative has been set up by the Swedish police liaison office at the Swedish Embassy in Bangkok. Police hope that Swedish tourists will use it to report when they suspect children are being abused. The address is given on the embassy homepage, and police say they will accept anonymous tip-offs.

Thailand welcomes more tourism from Sweden than any other country.

Ecpat, an international charity working to combat child sex abuse, said it thought the email address was a good initiative to address the exploitation of Thai children.

The general secretary of Ecpat’s Swedish branch said there was also a need for police resources to deal with the problem from Sweden.

Swedish law permits the prosecution of Swedes who abuse children abroad, but so far only two people have been convicted under the law.

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