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System ‘lets abusers target vulnerable children abroad’

GAPS in the legal system allow sex offenders such as Gary Glitter and Richard Huckle to target vulnerable children in less developed countries, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has found.

Of the 5,550 sexual harm and prevention orders given to those convicted in England and Wales in 2017/18, just 11 restricted foreign travel.

And only around 0.2 per cent of the 58,637 registered sex offenders in England and Wales had their foreign travel restricted as of March 31, 2018, the report found. The inquiry said ‘more radical measures’ were needed, and suggested a national action plan to ‘help ensure a coordinated response’.

Panel chairwoman Prof Alexis Jay said it was hoped authorities would ‘tighten their grip on abusers who seek to exploit some of the most vulnerable children in the world’.

Shamed rock star Glitter (pictured above) abused young girls in Asia after being convicted of possessing indecent images of children in the UK. Huckle, one of the UK’s most prolific paedophiles, abused scores of children in Malaysia by posing as an English teacher.