Two teenagers were rescued from a hotel room in the Philippines following an international investigation into a British man who has been charged with child sex offenses.
The Philippine teenagers – two girls aged 15 and 19 – were found in the room with the 57 year old. Investigators suspect that he had travelled from Japan, where he had been working, to Cebu in order to meet underage girls.
After acquiring intelligence relating to the man, officers from the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Command based in both the UK and Southeast Asia liaised with the International Justice Mission, who focuses on reducing violence in the developing world, and the Philippines National Police to initiate a surveillance operation.
Authorities in the Philippines tracked him down to Cebu City, where he was arrested in his hotel room on Nov. 5.
The girls were taken into protective custody by IJM social workers. Further investigations found that three other girls – a 15-year-old and two 13-year-olds – had also had contact with the man.
“British nationals who travel outside of the UK to abuse and exploit children might think they are under our radar, but they should understand our determination to ensure there are no safe havens, and that offenders are brought to account,” said Johnny Gwynne, Director of the NCA’s CEOP command.”Our international network of officers and staff based here in CEOP Command in London work with partners around the world to make sure that children are kept safe from individuals like this.”
The man was charged with attempting to commit child prostitution, having a minor in a hotel room and human trafficking offences. He will remain in custody pending the setting of a trial.