Germany, Norway and Sweden have introduced new laws to allow the prosecution of child-abusing "sex tourists" in their country of origin. Australia, France and New Zealand are considering legislation. Article 34 of the [Convention on the Rights of the Child] requires ratifying governments to end the exploitative use of children in prostitution or other unlawful sexual practices. No government encourages "sex tourism". Some do more than others to protect children from it.
Late in 2000, Mexico and Costa Rica operations of Casa Alianza undertook an investigation into the trafficking of Central American girls to Mexico where they are sold to brothels for US $100-200 for Ssexual exploitation. Casa Alianza is undertaking a major Pstudy into the trafficking of children for commercial sexual 99exploitation in six countries (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica).