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‘Cuba Dave’ may face jail time over Costa Rica’s relatively unknown sex tourism law

The Tico Times - September 23, 2015

[caption id="attachment_75152" align="aligncenter" width="621"] (Via Facebook)[/caption] While trying to make a routine departure from Costa Rica earlier this month, 65-year-old U.S. citizen Dave Strecker was instead handcuffed…

#Jailbnb offers stay in Costa Rican prison to deter child sex tourism
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#Jailbnb offers stay in Costa Rican prison to deter child sex tourism

The Tico Times - August 7, 2015

“The place you will never want to stay”: That’s the line an anti-human trafficking organization wants tourists to remember before they try to have sex with a…

Costa Rica out of Top Ethical Destinations 2015 list
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Costa Rica out of Top Ethical Destinations 2015 list

L. Arias - January 3, 2015

For the second year in row, Costa Rica has been left off the “World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations” list posted by the Ethical Traveler Foundation. This year's…

5 cases of human trafficking under investigation in Costa Rica this year, says Immigration Administration director
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5 cases of human trafficking under investigation in Costa Rica this year, says Immigration Administration director

The Tico Times - August 19, 2014

Sexual and labor exploitation are the top two drivers of human trafficking in Costa Rica this year, but organ trafficking continues to concern authorities, according to Immigration…

Brazilian Police release Tico accused of allegedly paying a minor for sex
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Brazil 2014
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Brazilian Police release Tico accused of allegedly paying a minor for sex

L. Arias - June 26, 2014

Olger Ulate Ulate, 55, a Costa Rican man arrested in Brazil last week for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old transvestite prostitute, was released with preventive measures the…

Brazilian police arrest member of ruling Citizen Action Party for allegedly having sex with a minor
Brazil 2014
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Brazil 2014
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Brazilian police arrest member of ruling Citizen Action Party for allegedly having sex with a minor

L. Arias - June 19, 2014

Ólger Ulate Ulate, 55, a Tico who traveled to Brazil to attend the FIFA World Cup, was arrested Wednesday by Brazilian police in the city of Natal…

Sex tourism a driver for human trafficking in Costa Rica, says foundation
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Sex tourism a driver for human trafficking in Costa Rica, says foundation

The Tico Times - June 12, 2014

Scenic beaches and cold bottles of Imperial pervade Costa Rica’s image as a world-renowned tourist destination. But a darker side lurks behind the pura vida. Sex tourism,…

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Suspected child molester passed background check at American school in Nicaragua

The Tico Times - April 25, 2014

[caption id="attachment_35060" align="alignright" width="235"] (Courtesy FBI)[/caption] The American Nicaraguan School, where a suspected U.S. serial child molester taught for almost a year, denied that any of its…

Suspected US serial child predator taught at American Nicaraguan School
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Suspected US serial child predator taught at American Nicaraguan School

The Tico Times - April 23, 2014

A suspected child molester may have abused at least 90 young boys at international American schools since 1972, and many of the victims may not be aware of what…

Report: Prison overcrowding, human trafficking are Costa Rica’s top human rights issues
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Report: Prison overcrowding, human trafficking are Costa Rica’s top human rights issues

The Tico Times - February 28, 2014

Harsh prison conditions, domestic abuse and human trafficking are among the top concerns for Costa Rica, according to the United States State Department’s 2013 Human Rights Practices…