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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 214820, tabled on 18 November 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Thailand on sex tourism; and what steps he is taking to stop (a) paedophiles and (b) others from the UK using Thailand as a destination for sex tourism.

Answered on

25 November 2014

The UK liaises with Thailand to counter a range of activity, including sex tourism and child exploitation. A delegation from Thailand will attend the Global Summit to Tackle Online Child Sexual Exploitation in December. It is aimed at addressing the growing threat to children and will focus on how government, industry and civil society can join together to tackle this crime.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) uses a number of tactics to disrupt the activities of British child sex offenders and other offenders in Thailand. These include the extradition of offenders for trial in the UK, using Mutual Legal Assistance channels in criminal matters to share evidence to support prosecution, and sharing information to enable the exclusion or deportation of convicted offenders through the Thai Immigration Act.

The NCA engages in investigations with the Thai authorities where appropriate and in accordance with British Government Human Rights guidelines. It is a member of the Foreign Law Enforcement Community in Thailand's Child Sex Offender Working Group. For several years the NCA Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre Command, with funding from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has delivered training in child protection throughout the region, including Thailand. The International Child Protection Network also has an Advisory Panel in Thailand. This is made up of officials from relevant Thai bodies, non-governmental organisations and relevant UK law enforcement bodies. In addition, a key strand of our engagement in Thailand is focused on British criminals who use Thailand as an operating platform for their international criminal enterprises. High-level political bilateral exchanges have been affected by the coup, but I discussed joint working on these issues during the first UK/Thailand Strategic Dialogue which took place in Bangkok in May 2013. Officials in Bangkok and the UK continue to discuss these issues regularly with Thai counterparts.