Sri Lankan man arrested in alleged tsuanmi child sale case

[JURIST] A 63-year old Sri Lankan man has been released on bail after his initial arrest on charges of attempted to sell his two young granddaughters to foreigners after their home was destroyed, and their mother killed, by the tsunami in December. The UN and international relief agencies have expressed concern [UNICEF press release] about child trafficking [UNICEF backgrounder] in the chaos caused by the tsunami, which orphaned many young children. Sri Lankan police [official website] have been instructed to be on the lookout for potential child trafficking cases, and authorities have posted additional police and military at relief camps to protect against women and child abuse. The arrested man, identified as A.H. Somadasa, was released on bail Tuesday, and is due to appear in court next month. AP has the full story here.



 

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