Sweden takes action against child sex tourism

Sweden is to step up action against child sex tourism by its citizens, with a new government plan to tackle the problem.

Among the proposals in the action plan are tougher requirements on tour operators to inform customers about child sex tourism. The foreign ministry will add information about the problem to its official advice to travellers.

Social Affairs Minister Göran Hägglund wrote in Dagens Nyheter that Swedish residents who believe they have witnesses sexual abuse of children while abroad should report it to the local police or to Swedish police on their return.

Estimates from 2005 put at 3 million the number of children worldwide who are abused in connection with the tourist trade.

Sweden plans to raise the question at the European level, and plans a number of activities during next year’s Swedish presidency of the EU.