Child sex tour arrest in Auckland

Last updated 12:32 20/08/2010

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A 46-year-old man has been arrested in an undercover operation targeting a child sex tour operation.

Police said they arrested the Auckland motel and property manager after raids on addresses in Remuera and Mangere this morning.

The arrest follows an eight month investigation into the man's activities by police and Customs. 

It is the first time a charge of organising a child sex tour has been laid against an individual in New Zealand.

He will face charges including organising and promoting child sex tours to South East Asia, and dealing in children for sexual exploitation.

The man will appear later today in the Manukau District Court.

An undercover Police officer was used to gather evidence during the operation.

The operation was co-ordinated by the Police Online Child Exploitation Across New Zealand (OCEANZ) unit. A specialist team set up in 2009 which proactively works to save children as part of a global taskforce focused on online child sexual exploitation.

"The unit is working closely with other agencies and international partners to identify and track offenders involved in the online sexual exploitation of children in New Zealand and overseas," OCEANZ head Detective Senior Sergeant John-Paul Michael said.

"New Zealander's who think they can travel abroad to commit these horrendous offences against children can expect to be targeted and arrested."

The man was arrested shortly before he was due to leave the country for Thailand.

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