Australia to ban convicted child sex offenders from travelling overseas.

Australia is to legislate to cancel passports of convicted child sex offenders in a measure calculated to impact on child sex tourism in developing countries.

According to a report by ABC News:

The Federal Government will soon introduce legislation making it illegal for thousands of child sex offenders to leave Australia without permission.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the measure was a "world first".

"There has been increasing community concern about sexual exploitation of vulnerable children and community concern is justified," Ms Bishop said."Last year alone, almost 800 registered child sex offenders travelled overseas from Australia," she said, with about half travelling to South-East Asia.

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