30 July, 2021

A Can Of Worms

Paedophile Freddy Peats is convicted, but is it an isolated case?

A Can Of Worms

THE bizarre case of Freddy Peats has brought home the stark message: child-sex abuse on a commercial scale is no longer restricted to the sandy shores of Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Even as the state government tried its best to underplay the scandal, the Goa High Court handed down five concurrent life sentences to the 71-year-old Peats. Judge Sundararajan found Peats guilty of unnatural sexual offences, sodomy, procuring children for prostitution, tying up and injecting children, circulating and selling obscene material relating to minor boys and using drugs. Peats also faces a 10-year rigorous imprisonment sentence under the Juvenile Justice Act (for sexual abuse) and various lesser sentences, including one under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.

Peats had to end a 17-year profession of sexually exploiting young boys under his charge in the 'orphanages' that he ran in the Fatorda suburb of Margao, Goa's commercial capital. Children from these 'orphanages' were sent to service Peats' foreign clients—an activity that carried on till...

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