Subject: TEMPO SEMANAL: Horta Angry About Brasilian Pedophile

TEMPO SEMANAL: Horta Angry About Brasilian Pedophile

In a press conference in his private home in Metiaut Dili on Thursday afternoon (18/06) President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Jose Ramos-Horta commented on the allegations that a 51 year-old male Brazilian whom may be a UN employee. "I have been informed by the police and Prosecutor-General that there are such allegations. Without saying that there is evidence, it is still upon the basis of reports and allegations. If indeed it is true, of course, it is a matter of serious concern. It is a crime. Whether it involves Timorese minors or foreign minors, it is totally unacceptable," Horta said.

He added that, "Timor-Leste is not going to be a place where people without any scruples -- from wherever they are--bring minors into this country, because there are reports of forced prostitution of Chinese brought from mainland China here, and from Thailand."

Horta gave some examples, "There have been instances where we've managed to detect the network and have the woman repatriated under protection back to Thailand. But there are reports that there are organized prostitution rings from SE Asia, and from mainland China. I's more serious when it might involve minors. We will not allow this country to be a playground for organised crime of any sort, and that includes drugs."

The President of Timor-Leste wishes to solve the issue by asking for support from the friendly countries. "I have raised this matter with the United States and Australia to provide us with expert advice and training to combat drug trafficking, money laundering, prostitution, and so on, and Australia is providing such strong support. The US will provide FBI training for our personnel," he ended.

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