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February-13-98

FBI, Justice Department to Convict U.S. Sexual Abusers in Latin America

Casa Alianza, a non-profit organization that works with street children in Latin America, will begin working with the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department to apprehend men and women who sexually abuse children in Central America. Bruce Harris, Regional Director of the Casa Alianza Programs for Latin America, stated “We have noticed a significant increase in the number of cases of sexual abuse against street boys and girls, perpetrated by foreigners who travel to the countries we work with ... the number of Americans is rising.”

It is illegal for Americans to travel to foreign countries with the intent of sexual abuse. If convicted, abusers can face up to 10 years in prison and fines of $250,000.

Media Resources: Casa Alianza - February 13, 1998


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