A 53-year-old Danish architect was arrested for being in the company of a 16-year-old girl at the Cebu South Bus Terminal.
Schibbye Peter Sten will face charges of child abuse and human trafficking after being caught with the girl (her name is being withheld due to her age).
Personnel from the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking saw the two walking with one another at the port. They then followed them until they reached the bus terminal. They then sought the assistance of an on-duty officer and had the Danish man arrested.
Both Sten and the minor were about to board a bus for Carcar City when the pair were taken into custody. The minor was taken into protective custody with the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Cebu.
An initial investigation revealed that the foreigner had been living in Bohol with the girl for three days. A lawyer for Sten denied that the two were lovers.
The Danish man will face criminal charges in violation of Republic Act 7610 (the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act).
Under RA 7610 or the law on the special protection of children against abuse, exploitation, and discrimination, it is illegal for “any person who shall keep or have in his company a minor, 12 years or younger or who is 10 years or more his junior in any public or private place, hotel, motel, beer joint, discotheque, cabaret, pension house, sauna or massage parlor, beach and/or other tourist resort or similar place” unless there are family ties or some other legal bond or obligation involved.
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