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Sex tourism charges face U.S. criminals traveling abroad

Posted in Sex Offenders September 1st, 2009 @ 11:14 am

Three previously convicted sex offenders will be the first to be charged under “Operation Twisted Traveler” program that targets U.S. criminals traveling to Cambodia to have sex with children. These low life criminals will be arrested and face sentences of up to 30 years for each alleged victim, if convicted.

Cambodia has been a hot tourist attraction for pedophile sex offenders who think that they can escape justice by victimizing children outside the U.S. However, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) will find you, arrest you and you will face criminal charges in the U.S. ICE has stationed a full-time agent in Cambodia to focus on such cases.

Ronald Boyajian, Erik Peeters and Jack Sporich are expected to arrive in Los Angeles sometime this week. U.S. authorities will escort them. They were arrested in February by Cambodian police. The three suspects were named in separate criminal complaints filed in April and May related to child sexual exploitation.

These three men will be charged under the Protect Act, which became law in 2003. This act makes it easier for U.S. authorities to prosecute people for overseas sex crimes. ICE has made more than 70 arrests under the act in countries including Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines.

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