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Swede arrested for taking pictures of naked girls in Cebu

/ 06:23 PM March 23, 2014

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TALISAY CITY, Philippines — A 60-year-old Swede tourist was arrested on Sunday after he was caught with two teenaged girls inside his house in Barangay (village) Dumlog here.

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Kjell Christer Johansson was brought to the Talisay City police pending the filing of charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 10364 or the Expanded Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 before the prosecutor’s office.

The two girls – aged 14 and 15 – were turned over to the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD-7).

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Johansson, who had been in and out of the country since 2007, denied the police’s allegation that he was planning to take naked photos of young girls inside his residence.

“I have never done that,” he said.

Johansson was placed under surveillance for more than a month after the police received a tip that young girls had been frequenting his house in Barangay Dumlog, Talisay, about 12 kilometers from Cebu City.

The police later learned that the foreigner would allegedly make the girls put on make-up, strip naked and pose before his camera.

Senior Inspector Michael Virtudazo, head of the police Anti-Cybercrime Group in Cebu, said they were still determining if the pictures were for Johansson’s personal use or would be sold online.

He said they were able to secure a search warrant from Judge Macaundas Hadjirasul of the Regional Trial Court Branch 8 in Cebu City.

Elements from the police’s Anti-Cybercrime Group in Cebu, Talisay City police, Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force of Police Regional Office in Central Visayas raided the house of Johansson about 12:45 p.m. on Sunday.

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Found inside the house were the two girls who were fully made up. They later told the police that the foreigner asked them to pose nude for a photo shoot.

Also found inside the house were an Asus laptop, a Toshiba laptop, a Seagate external hard drive, a Western digital hard drive, an external enclosure, a Smart broadband, and a Samsung brand mobile phone.

Several boxes of China-made performance enhancer capsules for men were also taken from Johansson’s possession. There were also bottles of beer scattered in the living room.

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