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Posted 22 February 2012 - 6:26 AM

Swede nabbed at port for escorting girl, 9 2/22/2012





A 67-YEAR-OLD Swedish man was arrested yesterday in a Cebu City terminal as he was about to board a ship for Masbate province with a 9-year-old Filipina.
Port police stopped the foreigner on suspicion that he had violated a special law on the abuse of minors.
The girl, a native of Masbate, was turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Jonny Lagstrem told Maritime police he had brought the girl to a hospital in Cebu City for medical treatment.
The Swedish national will have to explain the circumstances of their being together because Republic Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law declares unlawful any person “keeping in his company a minor, 12 years or under or who is 10 years or more his junior in any public or private place” when the adult is not a relative or has any “bond recognized by law, local custom and tradition” or is not acting in the performance of a social, moral or legal duty.
Maritime police acted on a tip from an informant in Masbate province, the girl's neighbor. The girl lives with her grandparents.
Two policemen at the Cebu Ports Authority approached the man and child at 5:25 p.m. while they were sitting down in Passenger Terminal 3 waiting for their ship to Masbate.
NBI-7 special investigator Jedidah Hife said the girl was brought to a Cebu City hospital for examination and will be turned over to social workers.
Lagstrem remained silent in the police detention cell and refused to be interviewed by Cebu Daily News.
“We are gathering evidence to find out what appropriate charges we shall file against the suspect,” Hife said.
Hife said the tipoff to police was a good sign of “community awareness” of the problem of child abuse and child trafficking.
The Cebu Ports Authority referred the case to the Provincial Women's Commission which in turn sought the aid of the NBI-7. The arrest was made by Insp. Romulo Alcazar Jr. and SPO3 Noel Avenido. /By Ador Vincent Mayol, Reporter




Boy oh boy he might of been doing the right thing if the girl was ill or had health problems who knows......but for god sake don't people think what could happen being alone with a child......Why couldn't he brought with him a senior relative of the girl........or was he having a hidden agenda....mmmmmm...dumb dumb dumb
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 7:46 AM

The sad part is, as my wife pointed out, they can and likely will manipulate the girl into saying whatever they want in an effort to justify this arrest. The guys intentions may well have been good (he appears to be taking her home), but by the time they get done with the girl who knows what will come out of her mouth.

No good deed goes unpunished in this country.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 8:09 AM

Even if his intentions are good, he deserves the hassle for his stupidity, ignorance, and naivete for a 67 year old.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 8:32 AM

Even if his intentions are good, he deserves the hassle for his stupidity, ignorance, and naivete for a 67 year old.


Are you sure that your desire to punish is strong enough?

If his intentions were good, he obviously didn't deserve the trauma of being arrested/jailed.

The OP's warnings about what is prudent are totally correct, but being convicted for something like this would lead to an awfully rough time in prison. That is probably on his mind right now.

Being a naive good Samaritan should not be punished with that. Hopefully, the girl's grandparents will back up the Swede's story.

If they don't, it is probably because the Swede is guilty. Very few un-senile people would take a 9 year old girl anywhere without her guardian's express permission. It would have been prudent of the Swede to have gotten the written permission of the grandparents. Yes, that and a non-minor relative of the girl would have been prudent to take on the trip. Maybe the grandparents aren't healthy themselves and he was doing them a favor at their request. That would fall under "moral duty".

The hospital in Cebu would also have something to say about the seriousness of the girl's problem, and whether the Swede took her there at all.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 8:45 AM

According to the news item, they were on the return trip. So, a quick call to the hospital could verify his story.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 8:57 AM

Are you sure that your desire to punish is strong enough? If his intentions were good, he obviously didn't deserve the trauma of being arrested/jailed.


I typed in "hassle" not punishment. He's a Darwinian candidate for sure good or bad.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 9:10 AM

either way it's a damn shame

i hope for his and her sake it ends up just being a hard lesson learned
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 9:20 AM

they should print something on the landing cards like where they warn about drugs in huge letters just so that no one walks into this situation innocently ..im sure a few people are not aware of this rule and may be co erced into some kind of scam using this law against them.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 9:24 AM

I wonder why the girls neighbours reported him in the first place? is there a reward for............ or were they genuinely concerned?
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:42 AM

"Republic Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law declares unlawful any person “keeping in his company a minor, 12 years or under or who is 10 years or more his junior in any public or private place”

Seams he is guilty.
Only maybe not of abuse, just ignorance and that don't count as difference in most civil countries.

I hope this is just a case of ignorance to the law and that it (the law) allows for some form of slap on the wrist.
And that the check ups the girl have to injure is in them self not a kind to actual abuse ......

Note to self : never go anywhere with little koia!

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