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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Children Outside the United Kingdom Phase 2 Investigation Report

C.1: Introduction

1. Generally, individuals can only be prosecuted in England and Wales for alleged offences committed within this jurisdiction. Section 72 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 is an exception to this rule for alleged child sexual offences committed abroad. It is therefore an important measure to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice, reducing the risk of further offences being committed.

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