Paying minors for sex
Terre des Hommes Netherlands’ local partner, FACE, assisted the prosecution process in Thailand and cooperated with Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) of the U.S.A. After gathering all evidence, the American police arrested Clarence E. in Alabama.
According to the Anti-Trafficking and Child Abuse Center (ATTC) which is led by our local partner FACE, the American teacher entered Thailand several times between 2010 and 2014. While in Thailand, the man paid minor boys as young as thirteen years old to engage in sexual conduct and took sexually explicit photographs of them.
Demanding compensation in the USA
One of the boys abused by the American was Tima from Pattaya, Thailand. He was begging on the streets of the Thai city Pattaya, when he met an officer of ATTC. The officer soon found out that Tima was abused. ATTC offered Tima support and protection. On Monday July 10th 2017 the partnerorganisation even helped Tima to travel to the USA to demand for compensation from the perpetrator.
The American was employed as a technology teacher with the Conecuh County, Alabama, Board of Education at the time of his arrest on February 11th, 2016 and has been in custody since that time.
On April 14th 2017 the American teacher pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose of the Southern District of Alabama. The sentence will be followed by a lifetime of supervised release, and he is ordered to pay $50,000 as compensation to all his victims and a $5,000.000 fine.
Sexual exploitation in travel and tourism
Many child sex offenders, both registered and unregistered, travel to countries in Asia that are common holiday destinations, but also magnets for sex tourism. Terre des Hommes Netherlands has been combating this severe form of child exploitation for many years by supporting local organisations in those destination countries.