Japanese Man Admits Paying Teen for Sex

A Japanese man was arrested in Japan on Wednesday for allegedly paying to have sex with a 15-year-old girl in a Phnom Penh brothel, photographing the abuse and posting it on his Web site, according to a news re­port.

Issei Hara, a 28-year-old employee of a computer training school, ad­­mitted to police that he paid $100 to have sex with the girl in late 2003, Kyodo news agency quot­ed Japan­ese police as saying.

Police in Fukuoka, southern Japan, began investigating the case late last year when a police in­ves­tigator found pornographic pho­tos of the young girl, apparently taken at the unidentified brothel.

The pictures had been posted on a Web site that Hara was al­leged­ly running. According to Kyo­do, police said the suspect con­fessed that he had sex with the teen­ager Dec 24, 2003, and took digital photos of the abuse.

Officials at the Japanese Em­bassy in Phnom Penh could not be reached for comment and In­terior Mi­­nistry Spokesman Lieu­tenant Gen­­eral Khieu Sopheak said he was un­familiar with the case and also de­clined comment.

Anti-pedophile NGO In­ter­na­tional Jus­tice Mission said there has been im­provement over the past year in foreign governments’ at­titudes to­ward their nationals com­ing to Cam­bodia to sexually abuse children.

“Cooperation with the Germans, the French, the Japanese and the Thais has improved this year,” an IJM official said on condition of an­on­ymity. He said that with regards to Thai­land the improvement may be due to increased cooperation be­tween Thai and Cambodian officials to combat all levels of cross-border crime.

Other foreign countries, the IJM of­ficial said, may be responding more positively because of the em­barrassment of seeing their citizens in the news for sex crimes with children overseas. sentenced a German national, Alexander Moritz Watrin, to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing four teenaged boys in the seaside resort town.


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