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Child sex tourist jailed in Goa
Beach in Goa
Goa's beaches are big draw for tourists
A court in the western Indian tourist state of Goa has sentenced an Australian man to 10 years in jail for sexually abusing children.

Warner Wulf Ingo was found guilty of sodomy, unnatural sex with minors, abduction and criminal conspiracy.

The sex racket was busted in 1991 and Ingo fled to Australia. He was arrested in Sydney and sent to India in 2005.

Children's rights activists say hundreds of children are being abused by foreign paedophiles in Goa.

Ingo was described in court as an important link in the ring that abused young boys at an orphanage in the town of Fatorda, 35km (22 miles) from the state capital, Panaji.

Sex racket

"The accused has taken undue advantage of the poverty of the victim boys and has exploited them sexually," Justice Anand Salkar said in announcing the sentence.

Ingo has also been fined 10,000 rupees ($220).

The court heard that Ingo had worked with Freddy Peats - the main accused in the sex racket.

Peats was arrested in 1991 and convicted in 1996. He died in jail in Goa while serving a life sentence.

Peats was believed to be German by investigators, but his nationality was never proven conclusively.

He was convicted for supplying destitute children to wealthy European tourists in Goa.

Police say they are looking for several other men accused in the case, including a French man and a New Zealander.

Child rights activists say sex tourism is threatening to become the darker side of life in Goa's tropical paradise.

They say sexual abuse of children is well organised.

Goa's government has said the issue is being hyped, but in a report last year, the UN said Goa was a "major destination" for children trafficked for paedophiles, and that sex tourism in the state was "significant".




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