- A tourist from New Zealand has been arrested on suspicion of engaging in paedophilia activities in The Gambia, police confirmed.
Police said the suspect, Antony Michael Dobson, 61, was arrested at his residence in Yundum, 25 km south of the capital Banjul.
Dobson's suspected Gambian accomplice, Mustapha Drammeh, is also in the police net. Mr. Drammeh was accused of fetching minor girls for Mr. Dobson's exploitative child pornographic business.
A search was mounted at Mr. Dobson's residence resulting to the confiscation of a digital camera and a lap top computer containing pornographic pictures of minor Gambian girls.
"The camera found in his possession is the one he used to take pictures of the naked girls," Commander of Major Crimes Malamin Ceesay told 'GRTS." Supt Malamin Ceesay said the pictures have been downloaded and printed out to assist the police in their investigations.
Mr. Dobson has allegedly admitted shooting pornographic pictures of Gambian minors in and around Banjul.
The Gambia has legislated strict laws on sex crimes targeting minors, but majority of tourists reportedly use money to lure underage girls into child sex or pornography.
Both the Tourism Offences Act of 2003 and Section 127 of the constitution outlawed defilement of a girl under 15 years. The suspects are yet to be charged or brought to justice.
The small country whose economy depends a lot on tourism has been attracting many tourists most of who choose The Gambia for different reasons.
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