Thai police, pushed by Britain, arrest sex tourists
Posted by terres on December 11, 2008
Child Sex Tourists Arrested in Thailand
Two Britons, an American and a German were arrested by Thai police on suspicion of child sex abuse in the beach town of Pattaya today.
The suspects, aged between 45 and 66, were caught with hundreds of photos and videos of abused young boys in a joint operation between Thai police and Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center (CEOP). Reuters reported.
The suspects face up to 20 years in prison, if found guilty.
Thailand is long regarded as a paradise for child sex abusers, and tens of thousands of sex tourists from EU countries, New Zealand, United States and other wealthy nations visit the country each year.
“We are appealing to the victims of these pedophiles to come out so we can press more charges against them,” chief investigator Police Colonel Suvichpol Imjairat told reporters.
The arrests sent a message to European pedophiles they cannot “evade capture by traveling to countries where law enforcement is thought to be weaker.”
“Britons who travel abroad to abuse children in the belief they can evade justice are a UK problem and we have a duty to protect every child, everywhere,” CEOP chief executive Jim Gamble said.
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