British caught traveling with minor, nabbed

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A BRITISH national was arrested at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 18, for bringing a 14-year-old Filipina girl, who is not his relative, to Puerto del Sur Port in Barangay Liloan, Santander, Cebu.


The suspect was identified as Sebastian Lai Cole, 33 while the girl hails from Barangay Madridejos, Alegria.


Investigation showed that Cole employed the girl as his tourist guide in Dumaguete City. He also asked the girl to accompany him for the renewal of his Visa.


The tourist police and anti-trafficking-in-person officer spotted the foreigner at Puerto del Sur Port with the minor who had no relatives accompanying her.


The girl was turned over to the social welfare office in Santander.


A provision in Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination, prohibits a foreigner in company with a minor who is not his relative. (KAL)