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Addressing child sex tourism: The Indian case

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  • Chemin, Matthieu
  • Mbiekop, Flaubert

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The paper investigates policy options for a successful fight against child sex tourism in a context of increased human mobility inherent to the global economy era. Using state and district-level data on child-related crimes in India we find that international policy coordination is necessary. Coordination involves a combination of policies aimed at providing a safer environment for children by removing them from the streets (supply-side policies) with those intended to deal with child-related offences (demand-side policies). One-standard deviation increase in coordination efforts reduces the illegal importation of minor girls by 1.24 standard deviation.

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  • Chemin, Matthieu & Mbiekop, Flaubert, 2015. "Addressing child sex tourism: The Indian case," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 169-180.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:poleco:v:38:y:2015:i:c:p:169-180
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2015.02.005
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    Keywords

    Worst forms of child labour; Child sex tourism; International coordination;

    JEL classification:

    • F5 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy
    • K4 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements

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