Alongside comprehensive domestic legislation, extraterritorial legislation is one of the key tools in combating crimes of sexual exploitation and abuse against children (CSEA) on a worldwide scale. It allows legal authorities to hold citizens and residents accountable for crimes committed abroad and to undertake prosecution in their country of origin.
Where extraterritorial legislation against CSEA exists, it has led to multiple convictions of offenders who were travelling overseas and exploited vulnerable children. It decreases the likelihood of those who commit crimes against children escaping legal punishment, while sending a clear message to potential offenders.
Recent examples of how extraterritorial legislation has delivered justice to those who have been abused or exploited by travelling offenders, and prevented children around the world from becoming victims at the hands of these offenders: