Conviction for Sex Tourism

John Arthur Lee has become the first person to be sentence in Australia for sexual abuse of children abroad. His conviction was secured under a law passed in 1994 which enabled authorities to prosecute for sex abuse crimes committed abroad. Lee was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment on one count of sexual intercourse and four counts of indecent relations with under age girls. There were no witnesses or testimony from the victims. The court relied entirely on a series of pornographic photographs and undeveloped film which Lee had taken whilst in Cambodia. Although his face did not appear in the photogrphs he was identified from them by forensic experts.

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