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UN peacekeepers routinely trade sex for goods

UNITED NATIONS – U.N. peacekeepers routinely trade sex for money, jewelry, cellphones and other items in countries where they are deployed in clear violation of U.N. rules, according to a draft U.N. report. A third of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by U.N. personnel involve a minor under 18.

Pope Francis brings a forceful new tone on sexual abuse cases

The case of Diego, who says he was abused hundreds of times by a priest, has become one of several in which Pope Francis has personally intervened to aid alleged abuse victims.

Colleges cut ties with Bill Cosby as the list of women accusing him of assault hits 20

A bad month keeps getting worse for Bill Cosby. As recently as a week ago, 16 women had accused the veteran comedian of sexual assault. Now, that number stands at 20 — and the fallout is mounting.

Teenagers arrested for allegedly distributing child porn

Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) carried out two early-morning raids last Friday and arrested two minors for allegedly distributing child pornography in Santa Ana, southwest of the capital. Agents arrested a 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old female, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Where is Yerelin (and the other missing children of Costa Rica)?

A search that has lasted more than two weeks in Costa Rica for a missing 6-year-old girl so far has turned up nothing. Yet it highlights a troublesome and growing trend in Costa Rica of disappearing minors.

US man wanted on child molestation charges might be hiding in Costa Rica, FBI says

Charley Hollin, 59, a U.S. man wanted by the FBI on charges of alleged kidnapping, child molestation and unlawfaul flight to avoid prosecution is believed to be hiding in a Latin American country, and he could be in Costa Rica.

45 percent of Ticos think they can get HIV from a mosquito bite, says University of Costa Rica report

A shocking new study from the University of Costa Rica found that over 75 percent of young Costa Ricans surveyed do not know how HIV is transmitted or contracted.

Suspected child molester passed background check at American school in Nicaragua

William James Vahey, who committed suicide in March, traveled to Costa Rica several times between 2004 and 2011.

Suspected US serial child predator taught at American Nicaraguan School

A suspected serial 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 happened to them, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a statement Tuesday.

Prosecutors raid Costa Rica lawmaker Justo Orozco’s office in ongoing probe

The Penal Branch of the Supreme Court ordered the raid as part of investigations into allegations that the evangelical lawmaker used his public office to conduct private business.

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