A New Zealand man has been charged with raping two teenage girls, child abuse and human trafficking after being arrested in the Philippines.
The 50-year-old, who has since been granted name suppression, was arrested in Davao City after several days of surveillance, the Sun Star newspaper quoted Kidapawan City police director Superintendent Renante Cabico as saying.
He was already on a watch list and had visited the country three times before.
He was reported as working as an assistant manager of a Mozambique company.
Supt Cabico said the girls from Kidapawan, aged 12 and 13, told police they were hired by two women at a public market, and were taken to a hotel room, where they were molested one after another.
The girls subsequently contracted a sexually transmitted disease.
The man was about to check out from his hotel and travel back to South Africa when police raided his room. Police recovered a mobile phone containing nude photos of the two girls.
The Sun Star reports that on Monday the man was charged under rape, anti-child abuse and anti-trafficking laws.The two girls are now in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao City.
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