Transnational Child Sexual Abuse: Outcomes from a Roundtable Discussion
School of Psychology, University of Lincoln, Lincoln LN6 7TS, UK
School of Law, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 OEX, UK
Independent Research Psychologist, London SM6 9AA, UK
School of Psychology, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(2), 243; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16020243
Received: 24 October 2018 / Revised: 11 December 2018 / Accepted: 28 December 2018 / Published: 16 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Children's Health)
The phenomenon of men who travel across international borders to engage in child sexual abuse presents significant public health, legal, diplomatic, cultural, and research challenges. Briefed in the current scope of this issue by relevant stakeholders across legislation, research, and social policy, a roundtable discussion held in London aimed to synthesise plenary discussions from multidisciplinary attendees across law enforcement, academia, non-profit, and industry sectors with direct relevance to the UK. Specifically, the roundtable discussions aimed to gather the central themes relating to attendee discussions on the key challenges, affected countries, response strategies, and knowledge gaps. Four key themes were identified from the data, relating to the definition of Transnational Child Sexual Abuse (TCSA), criminal justice, geographical considerations, and issues surrounding tourism/hospitality. The data highlighted four priorities for future development and research, namely developing offender typologies, victim-centric investigative practice, prevalence and definitions, and collaborations. These themes provide insight into the issue of transnational child sexual abuse from the perspective of different disciplines and offer a strategy to prioritise, and collaborate, in the efforts against transnational child sexual abuse.