செக்ஸ் டூரிஸம்: மகாபலிபுரம் மையமாக உள்ளது!

செக்ஸ் டூரிஸம்: மகாபலிபுரம் மையமாக உள்ளது!

Abuse: Travelling sex offender


// <![CDATA[// Ranjitha Gunasekaran
First Published : 15 Nov 2009 10:18:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 15 Nov 2009 01:45:32 PM IST

We didn’t think he would do something like this as well!” a police officer attached to the Mahabalipuram police station exclaimed, the day after Chennai’s Cyber Crime sleuths arrested Will Heum (the police refer to him as John Williams) for uploading child pornography onto the Internet. For the Mahabalipuram cops he was an old acquaintance. They had arrested the Dutchman first in 2002 over allegations that he was sexually abusing boys in an orphanage he ran in Poonjeri near the temple town.Indeed, Heum is the perfect case study of an alarming kind of tourist visiting India these days — the travelling sex offender. Rights of the Child in the context of Tourism, a compilation of articles updated by Equitable Tourism in 2008 quotes a paper discussing the modus operandi of such offenders. “Running an orphanage is a typical cover for paedophiles, another modus operandi is to claim to be producers of films and documentaries.”Vidya Reddy, executive director, Tulir, which works in this area, says, “These individuals are more frequently taking the NGO route, arriving as volunteers, gaining access to vulnerable children. The registration and checking up on homes is quite lax”. Additional director general of police Archana Ramasundaram agrees. “Tell me, why are there so many orphanages in Mahabalipuram of all places? Are there no destitute children anywhere else?”Indeed, Mahabalipuram has a Wikipedia entry that mentions orphanages as an attraction in addition to the legendary rock-cut temples on the shoreline. Several accounts of foreign tourists visiting the homes and taking children out on unsupervised outings can be found online. Heum had an uninterrupted four years but his luck ran out when some former victims filed an FIR alleging that he made the boys (aged 14-19 at the time) bathe him, and that he sodomised them. The police arrested Heum, sealed the home and sent the children to their families. Shortly after, he was out on bail even though he had neither a valid passport nor a visa.

missing complainantsSince then, time has virtually stood still. For one, the Mahabalipuram police say that Heum has filed for “317” (a provison in the Cr PC that allows an accused to be absent from court) for the past seven months now, excusing him from being present. The six boys listed as complainants have not been in touch with police. And Heum’s lawyer Kumaresan told Express that he had gone looking for the boys in Pondicherry and not found them, so there was no foundation for this case.Meanwhile, in 2003, the Mahabalipuram police had asked the home ministry to deport Heum. The response is still awaited. Senior police officials claim that sometimes the foreign ministry does not pursue such matters because it may affect ties with the other nation. Also, tourism contributes about 11.6 per cent of GDP and employs 9.4 per cent of labour. Equitable Tourism also points out, “Unlike Sri Lanka and Thailand, this problem (child sex tourism) has not been seriously tackled and has remained shrouded in secrecy, making the likelihood of child abusers being caught and punished very low.” It is no real surprise then that sex offenders are now shifting their gaze to India. Heum’s case is a clear sign that India is a haven for child sex offenders. They’re probably busy packing for the new El Dorado.But if Heum did exactly what he wanted even after he was exposed, the story of Paul Henry Dean makes Shantaram seem an amateur. Dean, accused of abusing boys from the Mary Ellen Gerber Foundation Children’s Village in Orissa’s Puri last year, is a man of many names.

the fake surgeonThe Australian first came to India in 1976 on a fake passport. Later it was found that he was wanted in Australia for financial fraud. In India, he evaded the law and fashioned a new life for himself — even performing cataract surgeries and amputations in villages.The FIR filed by Gerber on behalf of the boys last November describes him as “Professor @ Tata @ Paul Allen @ Paul Parivaraj…an eminent surgery doctor (sic), priest and consultant”. She states that he had been terrifying the children and the staff. She had found that “professor had used boys (12-20 age) in a sexual way.”The FIR quotes a former employee saying, “Tata sucked the penis of young boys and swallowed their sperm for giving himself youthful energy… If they don’t accept… he beats them behind the head…” Sixteen victims agree to testify, she adds, urging urgent action. Dean was arrested. The police diary states that he denied the charges, did not have a passport or a visa. He gave his name as Allen Herbert Rose, MBBS from Western Australia University, 1965. He also refused consular help. After his arrest, they found that he had been accused of similar offences in 2001 in Andhra Pradesh. In Vijayanagaram, after having literally jumped bail by leaping off a running train! Depressingly, he too is out on bail, no one knows where.Shortly after, an Australian Broadcasting Corporation investigation revealed his escape from Australia, his abuse of an entire generation of boys in Titlagarh village and more. The police, however, are unaware of these details.The Australian Federal Police were questioned about the case. Testifying before Senator Brandis, Commissioner Kealty stated, “We have made repeated official requests for information from the Indian authorities that have remained unanswered. Requests have been sent on five separate occasions since November 2007, with the last request on January 31, 2009.” Puri police know nothing of this.Meanwhile, the Children’s Village was deserted when visited. Gerber is said to have left the country two months ago and Eliziar Rose and Ruth Tumati (named as Dean’s accomplices in the FIR) are evidently in charge. It would appear that the witnesses are in their care. The Puri police say Dean has filed a petition in the High Court to quash the FIR, and the police have filed a counter affidavit. But no one seems to know who he is right now. ranjitha.gunasekaran@gmail.com

no one-night standSimon Palathingal, a Catholic priest and vice-principal of a prominent Chennai boys’ school, was convicted of sexually abusing a boy in the US a few years ago. When this reporter asked a senior police official what would happen to him once he returned to India after serving his sentence (in 2020), she was puzzled. “What should happen to him? He would have served out his sentence, right?”Therein lies a major problem. “Officials need to understand that child abusers tend to be serial offenders and there is a strong link between child sexual abuse and child pornography,” activist  Vidya Reddy of Tulir says. The problem is shown further when queries on travelling sex offenders leads one to the police’s anti-trafficking wing — a completely different issue! Reddy points out that at least with foreign offenders it could be contained by either preventing the entry of those with a history of sexual violence or at least making entry difficult.

grooming victimsExperts point out that offenders tend to ‘‘groom’’ their victims — establish a relationship with them, show attention and affection thereby making the child feel complicit in the act. The US and UK have sexual offenders’ registeries. Global databases also exist. The UK even tries cases of abuse committed by its nationals on foreign soil, best seen in the case of Patrick Matthews, a Briton who volunteered at a Chennai-based school. On his return to the UK, a complaint was made in 2006 that he had sexually abused children in the school and he was arrested under Section 72 of the Sexual Offences Act. UK’s police then spent three years trying to get permission to investigate in India — and finally landed here only in 2009!

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  1. vedaprakash Says:

    Mahabalipuram orphanages may be hotbeds of child sexual abuse
    Arun Ram, TNN 19 November 2008, 04:18am IST
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    CHENNAI: As the world debates ways and means to curb child sexual abuse on Wednesday, the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse, the evil may be spreading with impunity in Chennai’s backyard, Mahabalipuram.

    What’s more appalling, orphanages, where children are supposed to feel safe, could be turning into hotbeds of child sexual abuse.

    An investigation by TOI India has revealed that orphanages – an unusually large number of them for such a small town – are flouting rules to roll out bed, breakfast and more to foreigners, some of whom could be what the world now scornfully calls ‘travelling child sex offenders’.

    When asked if child sexual abuse takes place in orphanages, social welfare secretary NS Palaniappan said: “These things happen in private orphanages, not in the government ones.”

    For the record, there are 178 private orphanages and 27 government children’s homes in the state, housing 22,000 children. When asked about government monitoring of private orphanages, the secretary hastened to add: “I have not got any specific complaints recently. I will ask officials to inspect all orphanages in Mahabalipuram and take action if there is anything wrong.”

    There has been more than one indication that some orphanages in this tiny town of 7th century Pallava fame have been illegally soliciting foreigners willing to make ‘donations.’ Sample this on the visiting card of an orphanage manager: “Dear friends, we warmly greet you to our children’s home which is a walkable (sic) distance from where you stay. You are invited to visit us at your convenience during your stay in Mamallapuram.

    The children at this home would like to meet you, talk and play with you. They would further like to know about your country. We welcome generous donation and also accept clothes from kindhearted donors. These are accepted directly, in person, and not through mediators. So, make it a programme in tour list to visit this orphanage. Your visit to this home is most eagerly awaited.”

    Meanwhile, a popular travellers’ guide, that suggests snorkelling in Fiji and skiing in Utah as ‘things to do’, offers ‘visit to orphanages’ when it comes to Mahabalipuram.

  2. vedaprakash Says:

    An ethnographic research on prostitution in Mahabalipuram.

    Jarnathanan AJ; International Conference on AIDS.
    Int Conf AIDS. 1998; 12: 244 (abstract no. 14310).

    OBJECTIVES: To identify the different network of sex workers and their clients–To obtain knowledge about the sex surrounding industries and their movements–To obtain information about their lanuage, Socio-economic conditions, literacy, ethinic background, religion STD service and the channels of communications of sex workers and their clients and sexual encounters inorder to quantify condom need. DESIGN: An explanatory ethnography Research. METHODOLOGY: Due to repression and taboo the sex industries are largly underground. For this reason this research technique had been used. The assessment involves a number of quantitative research steps like participants observation focus groups, indepth key information interviewers and mock clients. RESULTS: The result of this is still kept confidential inorder to protect the concern community from more repression. The team had spent sufficient time on field and in close touch with the target groups, learn the language spoken by the people were under study. Establish ties of intimacy to be able to onserve from within the community. Live and work a close as possible, learn first, not start teaching or worse preaching. CONCLUSION: The assessment research had given a clear sight of the entire sex industries. The research had helped us to identify a key channel of communivation. It also gave a geograhical movement of sexworkers. (For example) 61% of sex workers comes from Andhrapradesh–24% from Tamilna du–7% from Kerela–8% from Karnataka and other parts of the country.

  3. vedaprakash Says:

    TN govt shuts orphanage in Mamallapuram
    Arun Ram , TNN 14 February 2009, 04:07am IST

    CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government has closed down an orphanage in Mamallapuram for violating rules and also for not having a licence. Four more
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    orphanages in the temple town, which is frequented by tourists, are in the firing line. The decision comes after an investigation was carried out by a special team, acting on a report in TOI on November 19 titled ‘Mamallapuram orphanages may be hotbeds of child sexual abuse’.

    A TOI investigation had revealed that some orphanages in Mamallapuram were flouting rules and encouraging foreigners to visit and stay in close proximity to inmates, raising fears of ‘travelling sex offenders’ sexually abusing children. More than 3.5 lakh children are housed in more than 2,000 orphanages and children’s homes across the state. While the government runs only 27 of them, almost 1,000 homes run by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are without proper registration and lack supervision. “Of the 12 orphanages and children’s homes in Mamallapuram, five were found to be violating rules. One of them, Little Flower Home for Children, has been closed down,” Kancheepuram district collector Santosh K Misra said.

  4. vedaprakash Says:

    TN turns centre for sex tourism UNI
    TimePublished on Fri, Nov 24, 2006 at 19:45, Updated on Fri, Nov 24, 2006 at 22:32 in India section

    Chennai: The historic town of Mamallapuram near Chennai is emerging as a centre for child sex tourism, along with already known spots like Goa, experts said.

    The revelation came up at a discussion on ‘travelling child sex offenders (TCSO)’, which was organised by Tulir-centre for the prevention and healing of child abuse.

    The NGO had recently won an international award for work on prevention of child sex abuse and raising awareness.

    The interaction was presided over by Chennai Police Commissioner Letika Saran and attended by others including Paul Sunder Singh, director of an NGO Karunalaya.

    Singh quoted a specific instance, which had occurred during a workshop on child sex abuse, organised by his centre in the beach-town sometime ago. Singh said he had evidence that lodge owners in Mamallapuram were using children for sex and sought deportation of offenders.

    Chennai Police Commissioner Saran, while asserting that Chennai city did not face the problem of child sex tourism, admitted that neighbouring districts like Kancheepuram (in which Mamallapuram falls) did.

    She cited an instance of a Dutch national running an orphanage in a village, who was guilty of abusing girl and boy inmates. The matter came to light after some children escaped.

    Madras High Court advocate Geeta Ramaseshan stressed the need for prevention of child abuse.

    While law enforcement agencies like police came into the picture only after an offence was committed, all stakeholders — common people, NGOs, airlines and particularly the travel and tourism industry — could ensure prevention of abuse.

  5. vedaprakash Says:

    India’s religious places are affected by sex tourism: CBI
    India occupies a unique position in this illicit trade as it is a “source, transit and destination” of human trafficking groups

    New Delhi: Raising concern over increasing sex tourism, CBI director Ashwani Kumar on Monday said even religious places of the country are not spared by the menace.

    “Most serious part is that some of the religious places in India and tourist destinations are getting affected by this crime (sex tourism and prostitution) which is a very serious thing,” Kumar said on the sidelines of a two-day seminar on ‘Organised Crime and Human Trafficking’ here.

    “The alarming trend is that in the last few years sex tourism, especially child sex tourism, pedophilia and prostitution have emerged as the areas of crime,” the CBI chief said.

    Terming human trafficking as the world’s third largest organised crime after narcotics trade and illicit arms trafficking, Kumar said India occupies a unique position in this illicit trade as it is a “source, transit and destination” of human trafficking groups.

    “It (India) is therefore both a supplier and a consumer of this trade and this differentiates human trafficking in India from other countries. 85% of the people trafficked in India are trafficked for domestic market itself,” he said.

    Kumar said the shutting down of dance bars goes a long way towards shutting an important avenue of consumption of trafficked children and women.

    “Many of the intellectuals have questioned whether it (shutting down of dance bars) is justified. We in CBI think it is,” he said.

    Union home secretary Madhukar Gupta, who inaugurated the seminar, said human trafficking is one of the gravest problems facing the country and it has to be dealt with extreme seriousness.

    “The root cause of the problem is poverty, under development, unemployment among others. Therefore, we have to address the problem both socially and by enforcing law,” he said.

    Gupta asked concerned government agencies, NGOs and corporate houses to extend their helping hand in eradicating the menace of human trafficking.

    He said there was a great need to sensitise the society about the gravity of the problem and police should give more attention in investigations of any such cases.

    The seminar was also addressed by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime representative Cristina Albertin and additional secretary in the ministry of women and child development Vijay Lakshmi Gupta.

  6. குப்புசாமி Says:

    அருமை ஐயா,

    எங்களைப் போன்ற வயதான ஆட்களுக்கு சாதாரணமாக செய்திகள் பார்த்து, படித்து அளுத்து விட்டன.

    இவ்வுலகம் திருந்துமா என்று எண்ணி நொந்துவிட்டோம்.

    எனது நண்பர் சொல்லி, உமது எழுத்துகளைப் படிக்கிறேன். எனது, பேரனை வைத்து பதில் எழுதச்சொல்கிறேன்.

    [வயதாகிவிட்டது, காலம் மாறிவிட்டது, என்னால் இம்மாதிரியெல்லாம் தட்டமுடியாது]

    உண்மையை சொல்லப் பயப்படுகின்றனர், எங்கு அவரது பிழைப்புப் போய்விடுமோ என்று.

    ஐயரை நோண்டும் அதிகாரிகள், எப்படி அந்த பறங்கியனை விட்டு வைத்திருக்கின்றனர்?

    மேகவியாதிக்கு பறங்கிப் பட்டை, லேகியம், தருவானோ என்ன்வோ?

    இந்த துணுங்கரை, மாசு பிறக்கிய மேனியரை,
    மருவும் துவராடையரை, பிண்டியரை, ஊத்தை வாயரை,
    குண்டரை, புலையரை, பதர்களை, பளகர்களை, பிந்தியரை, பாஷாண்டிகளை கழுவிலேற்றினாலும், தூக்கிலேற்றினாலும் தகும்!

    ஆனால், அவர் பாதத்தை நக்கும் இந்நீசர், அவ்வாறு செய்வரோ?
    பொன், பெண், பொருள் கொண்டுக் கூட்டிக் கெடுப்பரோ?
    சட்டத்தை மிதித்து, கற்பை சூரயாடிய சோரம் போனவனுடன் கட்டித் தழுவுவரோ?
    யான் என் செய்வேன், அழுவதைத் தவிர ஈசன் பதம் பணிந்து!

  7. சமூக விரோத செயல்களுக்காக குழந்தைகள் கடத்தல்: சொல்கிறார் காங். எம்.பி! « சமூகத் தீவிரவாதம் Says:

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  8. ஹிந்து-என்–டி-டிவி, டான் பாஸ்கோ, சிறுவர்-பாலியல், செக்ஸ் குற்றங்கள் தொடர்பு என்ன? « கிருத்துவம Says:

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  9. ஹிந்து-என்–டி-டிவி, டான் பாஸ்கோ, சிறுவர்-பாலியல், செக்ஸ் குற்றங்கள் தொடர்பு என்ன? « இந்தியாவில Says:

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