Michael Jones, a 55 year old UK man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing underage girls in Cambodia after photos of the man were taken with him walking hand in hand with an eleven year old in Phnom Penh.
The man is believed to have taken at least one underage girl to a rented room on several occasions after he was see in hugging and kissing the girl in public.
Michael Jones was also pictured with half-dressed eight and nine-year-old girls and with a small child nestled on his lap.
Authorities would tell that one 11-year-old has made allegations that she was paid £3 ($5 USD) for sex after being taken three times to a rented room by a man.
Charity Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) took the pictures of Jones while investigating him after suspicions were raised on his last visit in 2013.
Told APLE: ‘On April 9, 2013, an APLE investigator commenced the investigation into Michael Jones when he was contacting two under-age Cambodian girls along the river front,’
The children were thought to be 12 or 13.
‘Shortly afterward Michael Jones brought the same two under-age girls to a shopping centre, where APLE investigators witnessed him buying some unidentified stuff for the same two girls and he gave some money for the girls to play games.
‘After entertaining the two girls, he brought them back to their houses.’
On April 12, 2013, Michael Jones left Cambodia. His destination was unknown. The UK’s dailymail tell upon his return in June this year, APLE reactivated the investigation.
APLE found that Jones was in contact with an under-age girl whom he took into a rented room. They discovered that although he was staying in a hotel in Phnom Pen, he kept returning to the rented room by the city’s periphery with the same 11-year-old.
The charity say Jones took her shopping, bought her food and went to the cinema with her.
A charity spokesman claimed Jones was seen promising to pay the rent for one family.
It is alleged he then abused youngsters under a bridge.
‘On June 24, the police from Phnom Penh Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Unit arrested Michael Jones at Olympic taxi station,’ the APLE spokesman said.
Six girls were taken to the police station to be interviewed.
Four claimed they had been abused by Jones.
‘On June 27, 2014, Michael Jones was officially charged by Phnom Penh’s court prosecutor and he was remanded to Prey Sar prison awaiting further court proceedings and trial,’ the APLE spokesman said.
He was charged with carrying out indecent acts against minors and paying for child prostitution.
If found guilty he faces eight years in jail.
‘After the rescue, one victim was referred to a secure shelter while the other three remain on the street with their family,’ the APLE spokesman said.
A spokesman for the UK arm of End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes told: ‘There are many cases where offenders will be tried and rightly convicted, but it seems like something is still not working, because we are still hearing of new cases.
‘What is going wrong here? Why is it British nationals – though I’m sure this is done by those of other nations – feel they can go to Cambodia and commit these crimes with impunity? Is it the British system failing?’
Adding: ‘We hope this acts as a deterrent to anyone who thinks they can go to countries like Cambodia and abuse vulnerable children.’
Laws exist to ban convicted paedophiles from traveling abroad, however UK police have no records of Jones offending in Britain.
A Foreign Office spokesman has since told: ‘We were informed of the arrest of a British national in Cambodia on June 24 this year. We are providing consular assistance.’