After the last visit from FBI in January 2011, and continued with the meeting in Jakarta for joined the force in child protection has made a genesis attachment among CASA and FBI. With the fact that many of the perpetrators are allegedly linked to international pedophile rings who hunt for victims in Bali, the connection has bring a new hope for protecting the children in the island of God. Bali has been identified as a new safe haven for pedophiles and there has been a growing number of independent and organized pedophiles traveling and living in Bali for the sole purpose of abusing children.
“The reason we come back to Bali is to keep the connection alive as what we did in Cambodia that our successful works were made through collaboration with the local NGO”, said David C. Smith as the FBI Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) during the meeting with Professor Luh Ketut Suryani in Bali.
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Millions of children worldwide are subjected to violence. Protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse is an integral component of protecting their rights to survival, growth and development. CASA as committee against sexual abuse were the first to implement national law in child protection. CASA also advocates and supports the creation of a protective environment for children in partnership with governments, national and international partners including the private sector, and civil society.
“For the future of our children we try to spread our wings by joining the force for protecting children that provide by U.S. government in Indonesia”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani as the president of the committee. The meeting was held in Jakarta, on January 13-14, 2011 at Gran Melia Hotel.
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It’s nearly unthinkable, but every year thousands of children become victims of crime—whether it’s through kidnappings, violent attacks, or sexual abuse. In Bali many pedophiles impersonate Santa Claus showering children with gifts, toys, clothes and food their parents cannot afford to buy them. For that reason Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) through their Crimes Against Children Unit (CACU) is trying to decrease the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation, develop a nationwide capacity to provide a rapid, effective, and measured investigative response to crimes against children, and enhance the capabilities of state and local law enforcement investigators through programs, investigative assistance, and task force operations.
“Our strategy involves using multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams to investigate and prosecute crimes that cross legal, geographical, and jurisdictional boundaries; promoting and enhancing interagency sharing of intelligence, specialized skills, and services; and widely offering our victim/witness services”, said Alan S. Nanavaty as the Unit Chief of CACU to Professor Luh Ketut Suryani as the President of Committee Against Sexual Abuse (CASA) during his visit with the other agents to CASA headquarter in Denpasar.
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Sex crimes against children in Bali are rising fast. Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar has registered 23 cases of rapes of minors so far this year, with 42 such cases in 2009. Some of the more high-profile cases involved the serial rape of six young schoolgirls between February and April, sparking panic among the general population and forcing the authorities to provide police security at schools in Denpasar. Police say foreigners are also among the perpetrators, including Italian national Malfatti Dinonte Tretto, 61, who has been sought by the authorities since 2002 for an alleged rape.
Luh Ketut Suryani, who President of the Committee Against Sexual Abuse (CASA), said that although more than a dozen foreigners were believed to be involved in the rape of young children, only eight had faced trial so far. Suryani said the local courts were mostly lenient on people who sexually abused children, “which encourages their presence in Bali”, add Suryani infront of teachers during the workshop that held by Department of Justice and Human Right in Denpasar.
Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has warned that as an international tourist destination, Bali was prone to attracting sexual predators and pedophiles. “They often act in the rural areas, masquerading as charitable donors for poor families,” he said.