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| U.S. Embassy officials here Thursday, Sept. 24 |
A complaint is expected to be presented by local Guatemalan law enforcement officers (PNC and Navy) to the visiting delegation of U.S. Embassy consular and embassy officers when they meet here in the Rio Dulce Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at Hotel Catamaran.
The complaint is directed at those U.S. citizens in the Rio Dulce who engage in sexual activities with underage Guatemalan girls.
The police and the Guatemalan Navy have been reported to have observed this kind of activity for quite a while and have issued a reminder that this activity is now illegal in Guatemala.
Officers indicated they want to give fair warning to those concerned that they plan to firmly enforce laws prohibiting solicitation of underage children for sex.
An informed source told the Chisme-Vindicator that the police and Navy have been observing late night activities at local marinas and are taking note of those who engage in these practices.
There is an additional reminder to visitors from the United States that U.S. law now forbids this kind of behavior from U.S. citizens even when in foreign countries. U.S. law was changed specifically to crack down on U.S. citizens who travel to foreign countries looking for sex with underaged girls.
Complaints concerning this would also fall under the jurisdiction of the F.B.I.
Consular and Embassy Officers, including the new American Citizens Services Unit Chief, David Chang, will present information of interest to American Citizens in Guatemala and will be available to answer questions.
Embassy officials will be in Livingston on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 12 p.m. at Hotel Villa Caribe then in Rio Dulce on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at Hotel Catamaran.
On Monday, Sept. 28, they’ll be at the American Club (3a. Calle 14-00, Zona 15 Colonia Tecun Uman) in Guatemala City at 6 p.m.
About time too.
Regular readers of my blog may recall that I wrote about this issue and was mightily abused for my view. Well all those who lyrically supported their 'May to September' relationships, their 'help' for impoverished locals, I bloody hope you are quaking in your boots now.
Good on the Guatemalan authorities for finally tackling this disgusting, immoral criminal activity.
Strangely I was commenting to TBH last night that the old men with young girls didn't seem to be so obvious in Bruno's Marina these days. Now I know why!!!
This is one of my posts from October 4th 2007:
Don't tell Mommy.
The caption and photograph come from the Rio Dulce Chisme website.
Well I seem to have stirred up a bit of a hornets nest here!
I posted my blog on the YBW forums website.
A most interesting set of responses! Sadly most people seem to disagree with my view, or maybe, hopefully, the silent majority is staying silent.