Italian diplomat faces child abuse, trafficking charges in PH

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THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has indicted for child abuse and trafficking an Italian diplomat who allegedly abused three minors while on vacation in the country.

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The Laguna prosecutor’s office filed the criminal charges against Italian Ambassador to Turkmenistan Daniele Bosio.

Bosio was arrested on March 5 on a complaint from Catherine Scerri and Lily Flordelis of Bantay Tuluyan Foundation.

Biñan City prosecutor Agripino Baybay 3rd found probable cause to charge Bosio with violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act and the Anti-Child Abuse Law before the proper court.

According to reports, most of the alleged victims were street children.

“Most revealing . . . are the sworn declarations given by complainants by way of reply stating that while they were all given a bath by respondent at his condo unit in Eastwood before proceeding to Splash Island, the latter fondled their sex organs causing the same to be erect,” the nine-page DOJ resolution stated.

“Certainly, respondent’s aforesaid act is imperative and telling of a concealed objective on his part of exposing complainants to sexual exploitation, taking advantage of their vulnerabilities as minor children, by affording them short-term respite and amusement in order to obtain their consent and have control over them,” it pointed out.

The suspect was collared at a resort in Laguna on the complaint that he supposedly sexually abused minors.

Bosio argued in his defense, however, that he had not done anything wrong to the children.

The ambassador pointed out that he “merely acted in the performance of his social and moral duty to afford them their rights to play and recreation, as well as their basic rights to food, clothing and cleanliness.”

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