Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Josue Chock - Detained in Guatemala

US citizen Josue Chock has been detained in Guatemala and charged with kidnapping and sexually molesting almost a dozen Guatemalan children.

At least ten children were found on Tuesday, four of whom imprisoned in a house, after the Guatemalan police raided Chock's residence in Salama city, 90 miles north of the capital Guatemala City, AFP reported .

A judicial source said on condition of anonymity, "The 'gringo' (the foreigner) videotaped the children and sent the tapes to the United States as pornographic material."

The children told their interviewer that they had been sexually abused.

The source added, "During the search and while the children were being interviewed, the American took a scalpel and cut his neck. He was then taken to the emergency hospital in Salama where he is in serious condition."

A 2007 study by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child reported that many Guatemalan children are sold every year in neighboring countries, and especially in the US, for use in pornography and other forms of commercial exploitation.

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