Known US sex offender arrested in Nepal in joint Project Watch/ police operation.
Project Watch, an initiative of Terre des Hommes and partners was set up to counter the ever-increasing incidence of child sex abuse by travelling paedophiles in tourist areas of developing countries. Researchers from the Kathmandu team had made contact with street children to find out more about alleged paedophiles visiting the city regularly.
The accused, aged 48, has a sex offender record in the US and has been described as a serial paedophile by the Nepalese Central Investigation Bureau. He used a local accomplice to groom the street children and bring them to him. He is alleged to have regularly abused scores of under-age boys. Police confiscated cameras and a laptop from the hotel room as there is a strong suspicion that he is part of an international paedophile ring. He will be charged with human trafficking and child sex abuse. His accomplice was also arrested at the scene.
Project Watch in tourist hotspots
Project Watch has also been instigated by Terre des Hommes Netherlands in other suspected paedophile destinations. Specially trained investigative teams have been set up in eight different tourist hotspots in Nepal (Kathmandu and Pokhara), India (Goa) the Philippines (Cebu and Boracay) and Indonesia (Batam, Lombok and Bali) to observe potential offenders, collect information, liaise with law enforcement and assist and protect victims and witnesses. Thanks to Project WATCH over 80 arrests have taken place, at least 25 offenders have been sentenced and over 200 children rescued over a period of three years.