Monday, June 11, 2012

Child Trafficking

In addition to child abuse charges, this 49-year-old Australian the police arrested last December 2011 is now also facing at least seven counts of human trafficking. The charges were filed today at the order of the DOJ. The Australian’s lawyer earlier asked the DOJ to review the child abuse charges as these seemed too much for the Australian tourist but the department instead ordered the filing of graver cases. One facing human trafficking charges cannot post bail. The Australian Federal Police tipped the PNP about the suspect who was arrested inside a hotel where he allegedly met boys aged 16 years old at most. He reportedly contacted the boys through Facebook and met them here when he came for a visit. The law does not allow the publication of the names of both the victims and suspects of human trafficking cases.

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