Child sex tourism study ‘blames Aussies’

Steve Lillebuen; 14/9/09

With a middle-class background and an internet connection, the Australian man is keen to explore travel deals advertised across the web. He is the co-worker, relative and mate who awaits cheap flights to Southeast Asia that the economic downturn has made all the more plentiful. But he is drawn to such tropical places not for the beaches, cheap drinks and a brief escape from the rat race. He is the customer in a growing global issue that sees over 1.8 million children as young as eight years old being sold for sex – sometimes up to ten times a day – until they’re considered “worthless” before they reach their 30th birthday.