93 Year Old Arrested On Allegations Of Pedophilia With The Help Of Destiny Rescue
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By Cory Nickols
The sexual abuse of minors and the exploitation of children are a huge problem around the world today, especially in Southeast Asia – like Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. These countries, unfortunately, are ideal for pedophiles due to their lax law enforcement, corruption of the justice system and poverty that forces many children into prostitution.
One such recent individual was a 93 year old Australian man named Karl Joseph Kraus who moved to Thailand over a decade ago. In 2008, he approached a Thai family offering the four daughters English lessons at his home where he ended up raping and sexually abusing all of them, explains The Washington Times.1
The girls, traumatized from the abuse, began acting strange around their own house, which caused their parents to start asking probing questions. The girls proceeded to share their tragic experiences with their parents. Immediately, the parents contacted the local authorities and the police issued a search warrant for Kraus’ arrest. According to TheAge.com.au, “When Thai police first arrested Kraus two years ago on rape charges, they alleged they seized from him more than 100 photographs of naked children, including some of him posing with them. They alleged he emailed some pictures overseas, suggesting he was part of an international pedophilia network.”Unfortunately, while Kraus was awaiting trial, he was given bail and fled Thailand into Burma. TheAge explains, “A Burmese official said Kraus entered Burma by illegally crossing a river and travelled to the Karen state capital of Pa An, where he rented a room for several weeks until his arrest on July 24.”Burmese officials handed Kraus over to Thai police where he was rearrested and put in custody until his future court date. Pol.Lt.Col Apichart Hattasin from Transnational Crime & Children and Women’s rights Protection Unit of Police Region 5 in northern Thailand believes there should be tougher bail requirements when prosecuting certain types of criminals, including pedophiles. He explains, “In most cases of foreign pedophiles escaping conviction, they usually post bail and then make a run for it, out of the country.” Tougher bail requirements would help prevent this from happening.2
Destiny Rescue (DR) – a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to freeing children from the sex-trade industry and from sexual exploitation had a part to play in bringing Kraus to justice. DR directly supports an investigative team that worked closely with Police Region 5 on the Kraus case that eventually had him rearrested.
Because of DR’s direct involvement with cases like the Kraus case and the organization’s ability to rescue children from human trafficking and abusive situations, DR is becoming a reputable force in the fight against human trafficking in Thailand and other Asian countries. Pol.Lt.Col Apichart stated in a recent letter of approval about DR, “I have been aware of Destiny Rescue for some time…and I am very impressed with their holistic approach to prevention, rescue and aftercare of the sexually exploited children. To date, I have not seen any other organization that is producing results remotely close to theirs. I see Destiny Rescue as a strategic organization in the fight against human trafficking in Thailand and Asia as a whole.” Pol.Lt.Col Apichart went on to say in his letter, “I have personally visited their facilities on several occasions and I have met with their Thailand country manager and their international president. We are currently working a number of cases together, which we are optimistic of positive outcomes in the near future.”3
DR is currently taking steps to expand its reach even further in the search and prosecution of sexual criminals by establishing a working relationship with Police Region 2 in Thailand. The organization’s goal is to bring more human trafficking criminals and those sexually exploiting children in other parts of Thailand to justice.
In the end, it will take a combined effort from law enforcement officials, the justice system and non-profit organizations, like Destiny Rescue to abolish modern-day sexual slavery and child sexual abuse in our world.
1Suchaovanich, K. (2010, June 30). Australian, 90, accused of raping 4 Thai girls. The Washington Times. Retrieved August 15, 2012 from http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/30/australian-90-accused-raping-4-thai-girls/
2Sanford, A., & Murdoch, L. (2012, August 5). Man, 93, flees child sex charges. Theage.com.au. Retrieved August 15, 2012 from http://www.theage.com.au/national/man-93-flees-child-sex-charges-20120804-23mna.html#ixzz23Oo9RI1d
3Police Lieutenant Colonel Apichart Hattasin – Child and Woman’s Rights Protection Unit, Police Region 5, Chiang Mai, Thailand (Letter of Approval, July 31, 2012).
4 Stanford, Am. (Photgrapher). (2012) Burmese authorities recently handed Karl Joseph Kraus over to Thai police [Journalistic Photographer], Retrieved August, 5, 2012, from: http://www.theage.com.au/national/man-93-flees-child-sex-charges-20120804-23mna.html#ixzz26PtDSmwS