Thai boy demands compensation from the American who abused him

A Thai boy has demanded compensation for an American court from the American who abused him in Thailand. The compensation is granted. The boy, Tima, gets 25,000 dollars. The 54-year-old American teacher from Alabama is sentenced to 27 years in prison for producing and possessing child pornography. He used to travel to South East Asia for the purpose of abusing children. Terre des Hommes Netherlands’ local partner in Thailand supported the police and helped, now seventeen year old Tima testify against his perpetrator and travel tot the USA to demand compensation. 

Sexual exploitation

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. 

Teacher

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.

Plea guilty

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.

 

 

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