Indonesia, and in particular Bali, has long attracted Australian paedophiles.
Victorian Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis was last year sentenced to 15 years' jail after he sexually abused 11 girls - the harshest penalty ever imposed for this type of crime in Bali.
“Across all settings, decriminalization of sex work could have the largest impact on the HIV epidemic among sex workers over just 10 years,” said Kate Shannon, an associate professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia and the lead author of the study.
“Governments and policymakers can no longer ignore the evidence.” The study was the first in a series of papers by the Lancet to be presented at the global conference.
Jakarta: Almost 100 child sex offenders from Australia have tried to enter Indonesia this year, which child advocates say underscores the need for world-first new Australian laws that will cancel the passports of paedophiles.
Indonesian immigration officials have revealed that 92 of the 485 foreigners barred from entering Indonesia this year were Australian child sex offenders.
The bill, which comes just days before a new 81-member regional parliament takes over in Aceh province, also sets out punishment for sex crimes, unmarried people engaging in displays of affection, people caught found guilty of adultery and underage sex.
The measure affecting the Aceh province was passed by the 69-member assembly unanimously early on Saturday after hours of debate, in a strict interpretation of Islamic sharia.
The decriminalization of sex work could significantly decrease global HIV infections among female sex workers, leading to a reduction of at least a third in three countries examined by researchers, according to a new study.
In a paper presented Tuesday morning at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, researchers who studied HIV among female sex workers in Canada, India and Kenya concluded that infections could be reduced by 33 to 46 percent in those countries.
The law says anal sex between men is punishable by up to 100 lashes of the cane.
Women found guilty of "rubbing" their body parts against each other for sexual pleasure are also liable for the same punishment.