5 years for sex tourist.

A 56 year old English man has been sentenced to five years in prison for making sex trips to Africa to abuse young children.

The 56-year-old made "harrowing" films of the abuse, said
Judge Roger Chapple, at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court…Kilpatrick,
banned from Africa and other sex tourism hotspots, is the first man to
be jailed using laws to prosecute those who abuse abroad.

Obviously the arrest of this despicable individual is a relief but the
reality is that in Africa alone there are  millions of children being abused in this way whilst the number of prosecutions is relatively small.   In September this year, News 24.com published a piece "Sex with kids a bargain in SA" where a Swiss lawyer was fined R10,000 ($1,600)  for having sex with a 16 or maybe 14 year old boy.

One of the most popular destinations for sex tourists is Gambia  and last November, a Norwegian man was tried in Oslo for sexually abusing a 12 year old Gambian boy.   In 2000 I was in Banjul for a 4 day conference attended by a number of Niger Delta women’s groups.  Each time we left the hotel we were all harassed by young men which naturally irritated us all to the point that some of the women refused to leave the hotel.  However I wanted to know how the whole sex tourism thing worked so I started a series of conversations with some of the young men working in the "tourist shops".   I discovered that first  the sex tourists were both men and women but it was the men (mostly  from Northern European countries such as Germany, Sweden, Norway etc) who "went" for the young girls and boys.  I was told that many of the tourists came every year and stayed for up to 3 months living with a chosen boy or girl.  In some cases they would even take the child back to their home country. They told me that everyone, the police, government officials, embassies all knew what was happening but did nothing.   One of the ways in which the Europeans took the children back to their homes was by promising to give the children an education and support his or her family back home.  It was only when the child was in Germany or Norway that they discovered they were in fact to be sexual slaves. One young man told me he knew of someone who was kept prisoner for over
a year in Germany before he was able to escape and seek help and
eventually he returned to Gambia.

Sex tourism works alongside trafficking and one of the major destinations of children trafficked for sex is South Africa.  A study by South African children’s rights organisation, Molo Songololo found that

often they were forced into prostitution by parents, family friends, taxi drivers, gangs, syndicates and brothel owners.Girls between the ages of 12 and 16-years-old were the most vulnerable. They are being abducted in broad daylight at shopping centres, taxi ranks and schools.

Child trafficking, child prostitution and child pornography have become major money making operations for individuals, gangs and syndicates in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and other parts of the country; and around the world. Molo Songololo’s research revealed that children are trafficked across South Africa’s borders; both into and from South Africa, as well as within its borders.

This map shows the countries from where children are trafficked to SA for sex. At the same time children are trafficked from African countries into Europe some as young as 12 years old.

However sex tourism and abuse of children takes place across Africa (Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, Mozambique and in the case of the man sentenced to a paltry 5 years, Ghana.) and throughout the world, no country is immune to this billion dollar industry.