Bali as a target for pedophiles.
A photo exhibition to highlight the problem of child sex tourism was opened at the Gedung Kriya Art Center, Denpasar, Bali, on 28th October entitled "Jauhi Anak dari Kaum Pedofil" (Keep children away from pedophiles).
Former police chief of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika, said that Bali was thought of as a safe place for pedophiles to operate and there were a number of websites that openly promoted child sex tourism there.
Pastika said there were many officials and policemen who didn't really understand the problem. Crimes were difficult to prove and when convictions did take place pedophiles often received light sentences, he said.
Pastika himself went on to say that he when he received his first report of a child sex crime in 2002 he didn't believe it. He said the motive for allowing the crimes to occur was often money related, and that this should make rich people in Bali ashamed.