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When will UK bite the bullet on gun traffic?

July 11, 2001 · 

Britain’s role as one of the world’s largest weapons exporters places a special responsibility on the government to take the lead in pressing for tough controls on trade in small arms, campaigners say. Britain is particularly well placed to take on the task, they argue, since it is now a relatively insignificant producer of small arms yet home to many dealers and traffickers.

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Misery of children enslaved by the gun

July 10, 2001 · 

Sarah Ayero had never seen a gun before one was put to her head. Three days later, she was learning to dismantle an AK-47 and to kill people at close range. She was 12 years old. The untold quantities of small arms swilling around northern Uganda and its borders make Sarah and thousands of children like her a hugely valuable commodity.

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Misery of children enslaved by the gun

July 10, 2001 ·  , www.guardian.co.uk/armstrade/story/0,10674,519656,00.html

Published in Guardian Unlimited Reports (www.guardian.co.uk/armstrade/story/0,10674,519656,00.html) (July 10, 2001) Sarah Ayero had never seen a gun before one was put to her head. Three days later, she was learning to dismantle an AK-47 and to kill people at close range. She was 12 years old. The untold quantities of small arms swilling around northern Uganda […]

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Gunrunner

July 9, 2001 · 

Leonid Minin was celebrating in room 341 of the Hotel Europa he owned in Cinisello Balsamo outside Milan. There was plenty to toast that balmy Saturday night last August. There was the fact that there were four prostitutes and 20 grammes of cocaine to get the party off with a bang. And there was the fact that the millionaire gunrunner had just delivered 113 tonnes of small arms to west Africa from his native Ukraine.

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The International Dealers in Death

July 9, 2001 · 

The world is awash with guns – at least 550 million of them. An endless cheap supply of small arms has spawned an epidemic of killing. In a three-part series, Guardian writers hunt down the dealers, talk to the victims and ask what can be done to stop the trade. Today: The gunrunner

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'Sex Tourist Jailed for Abusing Girls of Seven'

June 19, 2001 · 

A “SEX tourist” who carried out attack on two very young girls in Cambodia was jailed for eight years yesterday.

Mark Towners, 52, a father of two, pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court to 14 counts of abuse including sex with a girl under 13 after his wife told police of pictures she had found on his computer.

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Child Sex Tourism in Cambodia

June 5, 2001 · 

There is growing interest in Cambodia as a vacation destination, but Cambodia also is a destination for thousands of men from around the world seeking sex with children. As other developing countries such as Thailand make progress in reducing sex tourism, opportunistic men simply travel to poorer, less developed neighboring countries. As one of the […]

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'Wonderland' Trials

June 4, 2001 · 

In 1998, 107 people were arrested in 12 countries following police raids on a child pornography and paedophile network operating via the Internet. Prospective members had to provide 10,000 sexually explicit images of children to belong to the network, known as the Wonderland Club. Three Australians who were involved in the Wonderland network have been […]

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Child Sex Tours

June 2, 2001 · 

John Kosky (now known as Jonathon Kaye) has been arrested in Australia and charged with organising child sex tours to Asia. Kaye’s arrest marks the eleventh arrest under Australia’s 1994 Child Sex Tourism law. (Source: ECPAT Australia Newsletter No. 61)

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Paedophiles in Goa

June 1, 2001 · 

Non- governmental organisations have claimed that there are at least 100 foreign paedophiles operating in Goa’s coastal areas. NGOs monitoring cases have expressed disappointment with the governmental insensitivity to the problem of child sex abuse. The incidence of cases involving the sexual abuse of minors is on the rise, yet government is lackadaisical in its […]

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