DISRUPTING ORGANISED CRIME
“The number of children entering the trade has grown. Efforts to combat this problem have not succeeded despite pouring money into overseas governments”[i]
The focus of Project Karma is to disrupt the Organised Crime networks that create and supply a market of children for sexual exploitation. Other Non Government Organisations (NGO’s) avoid focusing on Organised Crime for two reasons. Firstly there is a safety risk to employees and secondly, by focusing on the users of the service – Western paedophiles travelling to Asia, NGO’s are able to generate media attention, which attracts and aids continued funding.
Project Karma commends the work of all NGO’s and is currently working with such entities, including UNICEF, to advise of a new global strategy against child sexual exploitation. However, Project Karma is prepared to take the risk and means necessary to disrupt the Criminal Organisations to ultimately change the situation.
Project Karma’s Strategy
- Target areas of South East Asia where child exploitation is prolific.
- Establish and train investigation teams to work with local police to catch and prosecute offenders.
- Assist the provision of safe house facilities, counselling, medical care, legal advocacy and other services to child victims and their families.
- Partner with police, governments, their networks and other NGO’s.
Through this model, we train and mentor local investigator teams, empowering them to become self-funding, self-sustaining and self-directed over a four-year period. This frees us to continually bring our policing and operational expertise to a new group of trainees and leaders operating in a new area every year.
The Project Karma ‘Sentinel Pilot Projects’
Sentinel Project Mission Statement: To rescue and rehabilitate all children from situations of sexual slavery and sexual abuse by investigating all reports of child sexual exploitation then advocating for prosecution of offenders in conjunction with local and international law enforcement agencies throughout designated regions of South East Asia.
Working in partnership with SE Asian organisations and community groups the Project Karma Sentinel Project focuses on delivery of a locally sustainable model that is designed to fight these crimes at the root causes. Key strategies include building dedicated local investigation teams and intelligence networks and providing awareness and education programs across all community levels on the dangers of these crimes. The safe rescue and rehabilitation of all child victims is also paramount.
After significant on the ground research and consultation, Project Karma has identified several regions to implement the 3-year Sentinel Pilot Project including: Bali (Indonesia), Cebu (Philippines), Bangkok, Pattaya and other regions of Thailand. Following a review of these pilot projects Project Karma will expand the model to: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
Through delivery of the Sentinel Project Project Karma aims to:
- Deliver training packages on investigation and vigilance of these crimes to local SE Asian police and other law enforcement agencies
- Create trustworthy intelligence networks and private investigation teams
- Facilitate legal action against child abusers and traffickers
- Rescue sexually exploited and abused children
- Provide support for welfare, rehabilitation and legal services for victims
- Create and deliver ongoing programs of advocacy, awareness and education to local community members, universities and beyond.
- Establish local partnerships for ongoing project delivery including signed memorandum of understandings.
The Sentinel Pilot Project has commenced in Bali with goals by the end of the second year including:
- of a minimum of 30 investigations
- 100+ children rescued and provided with welfare and rehabilitation resources.
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Project Karma have been responsible for the arrest/detention or extradition of approximately 30 child sex offenders in 18 separate cases. Current investigation activities cannot be disclosed however past activities include:
- Robert Ellis: Accused of sexually abusing 24 known children this Australian received the longest jail sentence for such offences ever received in Indonesia. Project Karma was heavily involved in the investigation and arrest, (May 2017).
- Peter Walbran: Convicted Australian Child Sex Offender found and arrested employed in a Thai school, (December 2015). Walbran was sentenced for 3 years jail in Indonesia (2012) for the rape and molestation of Indonesian boys in Thailand from the age of 8 years over 9 years after which he was deported back to Australia.
- Peter Scully: Australian Child Sex Offender found running pay-per- view livestreaming service of children being tortured and abused on the dark web. Scully was arrested (February 2015), for a series of crimes including the murder of 12-year old Filipina and torture of 8+ children including an 18-month old infant, (Philippines). This case has also been linked to Australian A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack, found guilty for child pornography offences, (September 2017).
Rescue of children from harm* involved in the rescue of approximately 100 children suffering sexual abuse and exploitation between 2014-2016. Children are placed on a case to case basis depending on that country’s allocation processes. Project Karma is working with government bodies to review current allocation systems and establishing crisis assessment centre and aftercare program where needed as part of the Sentinel Project involving experts in child psychology and welfare.
* The above rescue and arrest operations took place in the following locations:
– Bogo, Philippines
– Iligan, Philippines
– Bantayan Is, Philippines
– Cordova, Philippines
– Batam, Indonesia
– Bali, Indonesia
– Lombok, Indonesia
– Ubon Ratchitani, Thailand
– Bangkok, Thailand
[i] Australians the worst child sex offenders in Thailand, 2009, News.com.au, viewed 17 September 2015.