Italian Diplomat Daniele Bosio Arrested in Philippines for Alleged Child Sex Trafficking
Police in the Philippines have arrested an Italian diplomat and filed complaints of human trafficking and child abuse after he was allegedly found with three young boys at a resort.
The South China Morning Post has identified the Italian as Daniele Bosio, a Turkmenistan-based diplomat who was vacationing in the Philippines. Bosio was apprehended at a water park near the capital Manila over the weekend following a tip from a local child advocacy group.
According to Senior Police Superintendent Romulo Sapitula, members of the child rights group, Bahay Tuluyan, were on an excursion to the same Laguna province resort where Bosio was vacationing when they grew suspicious of his activities and alerted authorities.
The Associated Press reports Catherine Scerri of Bahay Tuluyan and her colleagues witnessed Bosio in the company of three unrelated boys, ages 9-12, at the resort.
According to the police statement, the boys claimed Bosio brought them to his resort villa where he “personally bathed and scrubbed their naked bodies and afterwards gave them money and food.”
A police statement claims Bosio stated during questioning that the boys “were street children that I had brought from Manila.” The diplomat claimed the boys’ parents were aware of the situation.
According to a police media statement, Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno visited the police station in Binan, Laguna where Bosio was being held to ensure that he was receiving legal assistance.
A prosecutor will now determine whether there is enough evidence for formal charges to be pressed against the Italian.
If found guilty, Bosio faces up to life imprisonment and a fine of 2 million pesos ($44,500) for human trafficking, plus up to 40 years behind bars for child abuse.
Child sex trafficking is a major problem throughout the Philippines, as it is in many developing nations. In January, investigators busted a massive international pedophile ring that charged people money to watch live online broadcasts of Filipino children being sexually abused.