Indonesia has prevented the entry of 107 convicted pedophiles from abroad so far this year according to new data released by the Immigration Directorate General.
Immigration Director General Ronny F. Sompie today announced that almost a quarter of the 485 foreigners who were denied entry from January to June 2017 were convicted pedophiles.
“The reasons for entry denial vary, such as 107 of them being convicted pedophiles from various countries,” Sompie said, as quoted by Warta Kota today.
Sompie added that, of those 107, 92 came from Australia, 12 from the U.S., and one each from France, Portugal, and South Africa.
In May, Australia introduced new laws to prevent convicted pedophiles from traveling abroad by having their passports cancelled in an unprecedented crackdown on child-sex tourism. The move follows several recent high-profile cases of child exploitation overseas, including by Australian Robert Ellis who was convicted last year of sexually abusing 11 Indonesian girls in Bali.
In addition to convicted pedophiles, 213 foreigners were denied entry into Indonesia for being on a list of individuals affiliated with the terrorist group ISIS, as well as 54 who were involved in cybercrime cases.
Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta is the port of entry with the highest number of entry denials so far this year with 275, followed by Batam with 150, and Bali’s Ngurah Rai with 33.