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Men arrested for sex tours

A Florida man has been arrested for allegedly arranging sex tours for US men to meet underage girls in Honduras, authorities said on Thursday. If convicted of the sex tour charges, Evans faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 12:48 IST
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A Florida man has been arrested for allegedly arranging sex tours for US men to meet underage girls in Honduras, authorities said on Thursday.

Gary Evans, 58, was arrested on Wednesday at home in Cocoa Beach, Florida on a criminal complaint charging him with arranging for the travel of a person to engage in a commercial sex act with a person under 18 years of age, according to a statement from US Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher and US Attorney Paul Perez of the Middle District of Florida.

If convicted of the sex tour charges, Evans faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

In several emails, and online and telephone conversations in September 2005, Evans allegedly agreed to arrange for two clients to travel to Honduras to engage in sex with two girls - a 16-year-old and her 14-year-old friend. The agreed price for the hotel, expenses and sex was 1,000 dollars, the statement said.

"The sexual exploitation of children is a global problem, and US law enforcement is working beyond our borders to protect the innocent from sexual predators," said Fisher.