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    Joint El Nuevo Herald-Toronto Star reports on child sex tourism in Cuba and Canada are honored with award

    Posted on Thursday, 10.17.13

    Joint El Nuevo Herald-Toronto Star reports on child sex tourism in Cuba
    and Canada are honored with award
    MIAMI HERALD STAFF

    A joint investigation by the Toronto Star and El Nuevo Herald of child
    sex tourism in Cuba and Canada won a prize from Beyond Borders, a
    Canadian nonprofit that works to protect children from sexual abuse and
    exploitation.

    In the wake of the reports, the Canadian government vowed to tighten the
    controls on sex offenders who travel abroad to abuse children, and Cuban
    police drove many prostitutes out of a Havana neighborhood known for its
    seedy bars.

    The series, titled “The Ugly Canadians: Child Sex Tourism,” was honored
    with the English Integrated Media award by Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada,
    an affiliate of End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT). The
    global network is active in 74 nations.

    “An extensive investigation in Cuba and Canada shows that much more
    needs to be done to stop Canadian sex offenders from traveling to
    victimize children,” Beyond Borders said in announcing the prize and
    four others Wednesday.

    Named in the award were Toronto Star investigative reporters Robert
    Cribb, Jennifer Quinn, and Julian Sher and El Nuevo Herald writer Juan
    O. Tamayo, who reports on Cuba from Miami.

    The investigation was launched after Cribb and El Nuevo Herald Executive
    Editor Manny Garcia agreed to cooperate on a cross-border project on
    Canadians who travel abroad for sex with minors.

    “The reason we got into journalism was to help the voiceless, and El
    Nuevo Herald’s partnership with the Toronto Star has led to critical
    reforms in Canada and Cuba and no doubt has saved children from sexual
    predators,” Garcia said.

    “This was a great partnership on an important story,” said Lynn McAuley,
    the Star’s associate editor for World and Enterprise. “It’s gratifying
    to see that journalism continues to have the power to effect change as
    it has in Canada and, it appears, in Cuba.”

    The other winners were:

    • English print: Steffanie Petroni, for her three-part series on a young
    Canadian woman’s descent into addiction and prostitution.

    • French print: Isabelle Hachey, for stories showing that sex tourism is
    alive and well in Montréal, and that teens are especially vulnerable to
    exploitation during major events like the Montreal Grand Prix.

    • English electronic: Victor Malarek and Litsa Sourtzis, for their
    reports on former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children
    who alleged they were abused by staff members.

    • French electronic: Johanne Bonneau and Johanne Faucher, for reports on
    former students of the Montreal Institute for the Deaf who alleged they
    suffered sexual abuse at the hands of the Clerics of Saint Viator.

    Source: “Joint El Nuevo Herald-Toronto Star reports on child sex tourism
    in Cuba and Canada are honored with award – Miami-Dade –
    MiamiHerald.com” –
    http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/10/17/3693771/joint-el-nuevo-herald-toronto.html#storylink=misearch

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