I was proud to give oral evidence via video link to the The Truth Project UK Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse in February last year and I’m pleased to see the findings in the panel’s recently released report.
My evidence was referenced on three occasions in the report relating to tighter measures for UK registered child sex offenders travelling abroard.
In fact, I made recommendations that the UK Government emulate Australian legislative changes to introduced a blanket overseas travel ban on all UK registered child sex offenders.
1. Hulley 13 February 2019 5/5-19; witness statement of Glen Hulley dated 4 December 2018 (INQ003648 para 7); see also Protecting the Future: Improving the Response to Child Sex Offending in Southeast Asia, UNODC, 2014 (CRS000004), p4; Offenders on the Move: Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism 2016, ECPAT, 2016 (INQ003707), p49 ↵
2. Hulley 13 February 2019 7/18-8/16 ↵
3. Hulley 13 February 2019 4 ↵
Congratulations to all involved in the success of these public hearings. I would like to thank Emma Day and Child Redress International for their role in facilitating the taking of my statement.
Congratulations to other field experts, Professor Wendi Warren Binford for Child Redress, Bharti Patel for ECPAT UK and Seila Samleang for Aple Cambodia in providing compelling evidence and data which assisted in this result.
Congratulations also to the legal team representing Child Redress for the Inquiry, @Silvia
Nicolaou (Simpson Millar), Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC (Doughty St. Chambers), and @Elizabeth
Smith (Simpson Millar) and @Keina
Yoshida (Doughty St. Chambers).
The Chair of the Inquiry, Professor @Alexis
Jay OBE closed off the handing down of the report by saying,
“The sexual abuse of children overseas by UK nationals is an urgent problem which must be addressed. Current gaps in our legal system are allowing known offenders to travel abroad to target vulnerable children in less developed countries and this is simply not acceptable. The Panel and I hope this report and its recommendations will lead the authorities to tighten their grip on abusers who seek to exploit some of the most vulnerable children in the world.”
I could not agree more.
Well done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
#childredress #accesstojustice #childrights #projectkarma #endchildexploitation #IICSA #thetruthproject #protectingchildren
The full inquiry report can be found here: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/news/inquiry-report-finds-gaps-uk-legal-system-are-allowing-known-offenders-sexually-abuse-children
The full findings report in .pdf can be read here: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/publications/investigation/protection-children-outside-united-kingdom
Article here: https://amp-theguardian-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/amp.theguardian.com/society/2020/jan/09/tougher-travel-bans-should-be-imposed-on-uk-sex-offenders