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Australia’s sex-offender travel ban resulted in terrible side effect

Australia’s success in stopping registered sex-offenders from travelling overseas has come with a perverse consequence.

In December last year, legislation was introduced to stop sex-offenders from travelling out of the country to places where they could abuse young children.

But numbers of pedophiles live streaming child pornography from Southeast Asia has gone through the roof, some paying as little as $50 to watch a child abused live online.

Senator Derryn Hinch was instrumental in bringing in the travel ban legislation.

“We are working on new cybersex laws to try and stop it.”

He tells Ben he’s faced backlash since introducing the ban, with people arguing it would drive up sexual abuse cases in Australia.

“I’m interested in trying to save the lives and innocence of children everywhere,” he says.

“These were child-rape holidays. At least in Australia police are aware of people who are on the register.

“I can assure you we are working very hard on getting new laws in.”

Listen to the full interview below