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Dec 23, 2004

Canadian detained for nude photos

Cayo police have detained a fifty-one year old Canadian man after over a thousand photographs of nude Belizean women including allegedly underage girls, were found on the suspect’s computer, diskettes, DVD’s and paper. Authorities say they will not release the man’s name until he is formally charged, saying only that he has been living in the country for a number of years. Police say, based on their investigation, they believe the pictures were intended for sale and in most cases the women pictured were paid. According to sources in the nation’s capital, many of the photos are of students attending the University of Belize in Belmopan. Police say they have been interviewing a number of the women, who have reported that they allowed their pictures to be taken because they needed the money. Average paycheck: one hundred and fifty dollars. Authorities say the suspect will soon be charged with the crime of Trafficking in Persons. Whether this recently legislated offence can be made to fit the circumstances in this case remains to be proven in court.

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