Sex tourists may face charges

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British sex tourists who abuse children abroad will face prosecution in the UK under proposals announced yesterday. Michael Howard, the Home Secretary, also announced plans to extend British courts' powers to try foreign extremists and terrorists resident in the UK who plan or incite crimes abroad.

The proposed legislation on paedophiles follows a mounting outcry over British paedophiles who travel to countries such as Thailand, the Philippines and Sri Lanka specifically to seek sex with child prostitutes. Victims, witnesses and police in child sex cases could be flown to the UK or give evidence via satellite link. Jason Bennetto