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PATTAYA TODAY 1

Vol.7 No.21  16 - 31 July 2008

Volume 7, Issue 21

16 - 31 July 2008

25 BAHT

UK targets child sex tourists Pedophiles face arrest back home SEX tourists who seek out underage kids abroad will face charges in Britain under new laws coming into force this month. At present, abusers can only be prosecuted in UK if the offence is also a crime in the country where it occurred. But under the concept of “dual criminality” anyone having sex with a person under 16, which is the age of consent in Britain, could face charges even if the law in the other country is different or even more lenient. Thailand’s laws on child sex are complicated with one age of consent being set at 15. However, this cannot apply if one partner has used financial inducements in connection with the illicit activity. Nor is the law entirely clear about prosecution in the case of a person downloading child pornography, unless it is for profit and intended distribution. Under the new rules, it matters only whether British law has been broken. In some countries the age of consent is between 13 and 15 including Spain, Italy and

Cyber police are hard at work

several Baltic states. The new law will bring the UK into line with the European convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation. Penalties have also been increased. Sexual activity with a child under 13 could mean a life sentence and with anyone under 16 a maximum of 14 years. Rules about taking indecent images of children are extended to children up to 18 rather than 16. A Thai police spokesman said, “We are aware of the EU regulations. Whilst most sex offenders here will continue to

be prosecuted in Thailand, there are some cases where prosecution in the home country would be appropriate. In such cases, the alleged offender ’s visa would be cancelled prior to deportation.”

So far this year, a crackdown on child sex in Pattaya has led to 15 arrests of foreigners. Most of these cases are currently with the public prosecutor’s office and the Thai courts. British home secretary Jacqui Smith also announced that convicted pedophiles would have to hand over their e-mail addresses to the police who would send them to social networking sites for blacklisting. The new law stipulates that if such a person is detected using such a site, or is using an unregistered email address, the maximum sentence for this offence is five years. “We now have some of the strictest controls in the world on sex offenders,” she said.

Pattaya immigration 90 day rule change PATTAYA immigration, Jomtien soi 5, has announced with immediate effect that long stay foreigners needing to report their address every 90 days must now bring written proof of their address. In the past, they have simply filled in

a form confirming their present address and this was acceptable to the immigration officer. In the rule change, foreigners must now bring a paper or document which illustrates that they are living at a

specific address. Evidence could include a Thai driving licence, a utility or similar bill (if it names the foreigner), a rental agreement, proof of ownership of a condo, vehicle ownership document etc. Continued on page 2

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Volume 7, Issue 21 / 16 - 31 July 2008 Pattaya Today is a local newspaper published each fortnight for residents and tourists in the Pattaya...

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