Canadian policy initiative Bill C-27 expanded Canadian jurisdiction concerning international child exploitation. This thesis places the current Canadian legal framework in the socio-historical context of child rights and the persistence of child sex tourism internationally. Related issues include: possible Charter challenges to a jurisdictional extension; barriers to enforcement outside of national borders; and changes to the present national policy.Qualitative data were gathered via semi-structured interviews with ten specialists from law enforcement, policy and NGO sectors. Constructivist grounded theory was supplemented by a legal analysis. It is argued that while this policy change confirms that child sex tourism has grown as an issue of importance, the initiative is legalistic and hampered by linguistic, cultural, and territorial barriers to international inter-agency cooperation.
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