n Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine - Child sex tourism - when children become tourist attractions

Volume 109, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1015-2385


In October 2007, the newspaper published a report about a tourist with an English accent prowling the streets of Sea Point, Cape Town, in order to find a boy to exploit. An eight-year-old boy who was standing and begging on a street corner caught the tourist's eye. The man approached the boy, asking him whether he wanted an ice cream. After the boy got into his car, the man drove to some nearby bushes and repeatedly raped him. A few hours later, he threw the badly torn and broken boy out of the car in Victoria Road. The boy did not talk about the incident for four years and the man apparently left the country and was never caught. Was this an isolated incident, or yet another threat to our innocent children, this time posed by tourists?

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