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    U.S. Pedophiles Nabbed in Cambodia Sex-Tourist Sting

    EXCLUSIVE: LOS ANGELES — Three Americans "tourists" are on their way home from Cambodia Monday after being arrested in an ongoing federal sex tourism investigation.

    The arrests are part of “Operation Twisted Traveler,” an effort by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to identify and prosecute American sex tourists in Cambodia.

    The suspects — Jack Sporich, 74, Erik Peeters, 41, and Ronald "John" Boyajian, 59 — are all convicted child sex offenders who have served time in U.S. prisons.
    After their release, investigators say, the three headed to the most destitute neighborhoods in Cambodia, itself one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia, where it is believed they once again sexually assaulted young boys and girls.
    FOX News was given exclusive access to the suspects and video of their arrest.

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    Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for ICE John Morton stressed that Operation Twisted Traveler is still very much ongoing.

    "Boarding a plane to a foreign land is no protection," Morton said. "If you molest children overseas and we find out, we will investigate you and we will seek to bring you back here to face justice. The arm of the law is long, it’s determined, and it’s looking for you."

    Peeters bought a 13-year-old Cambodian boy from his parents for $2 and a bag of rice, and raped him five times, a federal affidavit alleges.

    Investigators say the 41-year-old from Norwalk, Calif., thought he could get away with his crime by escaping to Cambodia, the capital of the billion-dollar sex tourism trade in Southeast Asia, where he is one of thousands of Western pedophiles who travel there to prey on children.

    But local police and U.S. investigators had him under surveillance.
    Now, he and two other California pedophiles are returning to Los Angeles on a jet departing from Tokyo.

    Another of the men onboard was Jack Sporich, a 74-year-old that police call the ‘Pied Piper of Pedophiles.” He spent nine years in a California prison for molesting as many as 500 boys during camping trips.

    After his release from Atascadero State Hospital, where he refused treatment, records show he traveled to Southeast Asia at least eight times, where sources say he rode his motor scooter through the poorest neighborhoods of Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh, dropping a trail of American dollar bills to lure young boys back to his home where they were allegedly sexually assaulted.

    The final passenger, 59 year-old Ronald Boyajian, was convicted of 18 counts of sexual intercourse with minors in 1995 in Menlo Park, Calif. He was caught molesting a 10 year-old Vietnamese girl in an area called Kilo 11, a haven of child brothels 11 kilometers outside Phnom Penh.

    “Cambodia in particular has been known for some time as a pedophile haven because there’s been a broken justice, no rule of law, and actually no laws on the books that would have been enforceable against these types of activities until recently,” said Jeff Blom, an investigator with International Justice Mission.
    “We need to change the fear equation, make pedophiles fear going to jail.”
    Cambodian police say other victims were believed to be given $5 or $10 after each sexual act and the children were photographed naked. Mothers of two of the abused boys lived on the street and sold their boys for up to $100 because, they said, “they needed the money.”

    Investigators say all three sex offenders lived in or just outside the capital city of Phnom Penh while on their multiple trips to the Asian region in the last few years.
    In the U.S. the men face charges under the Protect Act -- a 2003 law that provides life terms for child sex offenders with prior convictions, a much longer sentence than offenders would get abroad.

    Investigators say the men are part of a thriving billion-dollar sex tourism business. After a crackdown in Thailand on child sex, the industry has moved primarily to Cambodia where pedophiles molest Vietnamese girls and Cambodian boys with little risk of being caught.

    ICE hopes the arrests, done in conjunction with federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, Cambodian police and two anti-child trafficking organizations, International Justice Mission and the human rights organization Action Pour Les Enfants, will send a message that police are watching. Since 2003, ICE has arrested 70 international sex offenders under the Child Protect Act.
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    Part of me says good.

    Part of me worries about the US taking a world police role and wonders where it will end.

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    I wonder how convicted sex offenders are allowed to book flights to countries such as Cambodia. I guess they'd say it is taking away their freedoms or whatever, but having been previously convicted of serious crimes against minors, surely one of the consequences of such acts should be having their movements monitored, scrutinised and restricted. But what do I know.

    Regardless, these guys are dangerous, possibly psychopathic and shouldn't be off the radar at any point.
    "Slavery is the daughter of darkness; an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction; ambition and intrigue take advantage of the credulity and inexperience of men who have no political, economic or civil knowledge. They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice."-Simón Bolívar

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    Land of the free to go any where and do anything......what a paradise .

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    I wonder how convicted sex offenders are allowed to book flights to countries such as Cambodia.
    Yeah, they should only be allowed to book flights to Singapore. That will force them to take the train to Cambodia.

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    I suppose confiscating their passports after they had been convicted of kiddy fiddling in the US was just too simple.

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    U.K. took passport of "Gary Glitter".It least this keeps the problem in U.K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Part of me says good.

    Part of me worries about the US taking a world police role and wonders where it will end.
    There are quite a few countries now that have similar laws, they only apply to their own citizens and are mostly concerned with paedophile tourism. The main reason for them is the belief, justified IMO, that the police and legal systems in the countries these people travel too are too inept and corrupt to be trusted to deal properly with those people.

    I would be worried if you could be re-charged and re-convicted in your home country for any offence committed abroad (imagine Harry Nicolaides being sent to prison for lese-majeste on his return to Oz) but right now that's not the case.
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    take the nuts of the suckers

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b
    There are quite a few countries now that have similar laws, they only apply to their own citizens and are mostly concerned with paedophile tourism. The main reason for them is the belief, justified IMO, that the police and legal systems in the countries these people travel too are too inept and corrupt to be trusted to deal properly with those people.
    Totally agree, I was more than a little disappointed to see Gary glitter get off his charges with an alleged payment of a couple thousand bucks....

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    They can do whatever they want with the kiddy diddlers. My real concern is the dangerous precedent this type of prosecution presents. Political correctness and mindless feminism being as prevalent as they are in America, I can easily envision the day (not too far away) when Americans are prosecuted for procuring a prostitute while abroad.

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    This article labels sex tourists as seeking only children?
    plenty of tourists here seek adults , ( as long as they look like children ?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    There are quite a few countries now that have similar laws, they only apply to their own citizens and are mostly concerned with paedophile tourism. The main reason for them is the belief, justified IMO, that the police and legal systems in the countries these people travel too are too inept and corrupt to be trusted to deal properly with those people.
    You are right that a number of countries have laws that allow prosecution, essentially as if the crime had happened in their own country, and indeed at the moment they are primarily concerned with paedo cases.

    It is a very, very slippery slope though.....

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    The hammer is the only permanent solution. You can't rehabilitate a pedophile.

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    Agree with buriramboy, just confiscate their passports, simple.

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    'Pied Piper of Pedophiles' Among 3 Americans Arrested for Molesting Children in Cambo

    More on this pedo geezer. If this law didn't exist. He would only be looking at 3yrs in Cambo prison. He would have probably bought his way out after month.

    'Pied Piper of Pedophiles' Among 3 Americans Arrested for Molesting Children in Cambodia - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News - FOXNews.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post

    You are right that a number of countries have laws that allow prosecution, essentially as if the crime had happened in their own country, and indeed at the moment they are primarily concerned with paedo cases.

    It is a very, very slippery slope though.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MustavaMond View Post
    This article labels sex tourists as seeking only children?
    plenty of tourists here seek adults , ( as long as they look like children ?)
    Yes, and...?

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    I'm glad that these guys have been caught, not only for the sake of the kids, but because sick foks like these give the rest of the male population a bad name, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by PBateman View Post
    He was caught molesting a 10 year-old Vietnamese girl in an area called Kilo 11, a haven of child brothels 11 kilometers outside Phnom Penh.
    If the Cambodian authorities are aware of the existence of this area, why don't they just shut it down?

    Well I know the answer of course, because child sex is endemic amongst their own male population and it is easier to target foreigners and say they are doing something about it. If the avaialbilty of child sex wasn't there in the first place, foreigners wouldn't be travelling there.

    The current campain although seemingly successful is simply window dressing.

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    Burn these scum at the stake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spitfire View Post
    Agree with buriramboy, just confiscate their passports, simple.
    And their testicles.

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    What is wrong with the system in the West that creates these deviants,lets them out of jail,and then exports the problem to the east.

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    They should be put in a Cambodian Jail!

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    yes bsnub, that would solve the problem

    but what about global warming?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crippen View Post
    What is wrong with the system in the West that creates these deviants,lets them out of jail,and then exports the problem to the east.

    Not only the west, it's the same everywhere in the world.

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